book of psalms
Psalm 3
1 O Lord, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
2 Many are saying of my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.
3 But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
4 I was crying to the Lord with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.
5 I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, 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.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;
Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.

Salvation is here.

As I read this Psalm, I can’t help but to notice there is much conversation about God saving his people despite the numerous enemies rising up around them against us. God is the dread champion, the supreme warrior, the one who will always be victorious in battle. He can’t be overcome. As the enemies rise up, they challenge God saying, he isn’t able to provide deliverance. They challenge him saying he isn’t able to follow through with what he promised. He is not sufficient.

The opposite is in fact the truth. God is a shield. He is a protector. He is the one who is able to stand between us and our enemies and ensure we come out victorious along with him. Not only does he protect us, but it is in him we find our glory. In him we find our sustenance. God is our glory. It is in him we find glory, purpose, meaning.

We find glory and we find protection. But look at how complete this protection is: I lay down and slept. In the midst of the battle raging around us, our protection is so complete we can sleep. I pride myself on being able to sleep just about anywhere at anytime. But this is incredible even for me. In the midst of raging battle God’s protection is so complete, so strong I can rest. Not just take a break, but take a full on REST. Get refreshed. And after this refreshing sleep, God provides all I need to be sustained. He prides me with all I need.

As I read this and think it through, I wonder what enemies am I letting terrify me as they rise up to do battle with me. Do I truly trust God to protect me or am I just giving him lip service? I strongly feel as though I trust God to protect me, but I also strongly believe I don’t always manage my life daily in a way which illustrates this trust in him. I fear the enemies as they rise up. I fear their weapons they bring it battle against me. I prepare to fight a battle by myself against an overwhelming enemy instead of preparing to lay down and sleep.

God, I ask you for comfort and trust in you. God, grant me the confidence in you. Allow me to live each day in such a way that my behaviors reflect the trust I have in you in word and thought. God, you are shield about me.


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