Psalm A Day Challenge –
I was challenged by my spiritual daughter – a hungry for more of Jesus millennial – to study a Psalm a day with her. We invite you to join us with your thoughts and comments as well.
Psalm 3 (NASB95)
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
1O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me.
2Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.
3But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
4I was crying to the Lord with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.
5I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
6I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.
7Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God! For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek; You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.
8Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.
You know sometimes your “in” and sometimes your “out”. One day people can be “for” you and the next day be “against” you. In those moments of being on the outs we can feel overwhelmed believing that our adversaries have increased. David, (a man after God’s own heart, a mighty warrior, a King) had good reason to hurt and be afraid… his own son was trying to kill him when he wrote this Psalm. While we may never experience his particular situation we can identify with feeling turned on and rejected. I once heard rejection referred to as the great cancer of the soul. When we don’t deal with feelings of rejection it turns to bitterness that eats away at our thoughts and identity. I have often heard people say man’s rejection is God’s protection but that never makes me feel any better. When we experience rejection we must do as David and press into greater intimacy with Jesus. We must remember he alone has the power to lift our head and restore our confidence. His very presence is a shield that protects us. I know He understands our pain after all he too was rejected. When we cry to him, telling him how we hurt, talking it over with him we are actually strengthening our faith. We are demonstrating that we trust He is there and no matter who rejected us HE never will. His presence and his peace sustain us. We can also trust that we God is at work. He will handle those who are “against” you in his own way. His blessing, his salvation, his deliverance will come.