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God is our Defense

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 3

God is Our Defense

Psalm 3 was composed by King David on the occasion of his fleeing from his son Absalom. We’ve looked into the background of this Psalm the already, so let’s jump right into the text to see how David reacted to his enemies and what we can learn from him.

“1) LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. 2) Many are they who say of me, ‘There is no help for him in God’. Selah 3) But You, O LORD, are a shield to me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. 4) I cried to the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. 5) I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me. 6) I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 7) Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. 8) Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people.”
Psalm 3:1-8

David’s enemies were great in number. Absalom and his followers all said there was no one to help David, even his God. They were looking only at what they could see with their eyes. David saw with his heart and he knew God was his shield and protection. Because of David’s great trust and faith in God, he had confidence that God was going to take care of him. He didn’t lay awake at night wondering and worrying about what was going on around him. He was able to sleep in peace and wake to the newness of the next morning with hope in God. Sure David was troubled over the situation, who wouldn’t be? But he cried out to God for help and gave all his cares and worries over to Him to take care of.

How many times do we cry out to God in our times of greatest need only to cling to the problem instead of allowing Him to be the problem solver? Trust God with your greatest needs and worries; He always hears to cries of His children. Then through God you will find true rest, true peace- a peace that passes all understanding. We can rest in His arms no matter what the circumstances around us might be. His arms are shields of protection.

Allow God to be your strength and shield today. Let Him wrap His arms around you. Trust in Him and He will help you. Cast all your cares upon Him. Don't fear the enemy who surrounds you, God is your defense.

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