January 4, 2018
My Shield, Protector, and Deliverer
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Psalm 3
It's tough when you are involved in a serious conflict. It is devastating when that conflict is with one of your children. That's where David found himself in today's psalm. His son Absalom conspired against his father and gained a strong following. David and his household were forced to flee for their lives (2 Samuel 15-18).
David was on the run and the people in Israel were placing their bets on Absalom. But even as he fled, David trusted in God. He never doubted that God was his shield, his glory, "the One who lifts my head." His confidence was grounded in the fact that God answered his calls for help. Even when he slept--a vulnerable state for someone on the run--God protected him. David prayed that God would deal a decisive blow on those attacking him. He was totally dependent on God for deliverance.
So, to you who are involved in a difficult conflict--with a boss, friend, parent, or even a child--David's prayer is for you. Tell God that He is your shield and protection. Thank Him for His protection when you are most vulnerable. Thank Him for lifting up your head when you are discouraged. Turn your fears and your battle over to Him. He is the God who delivers His people.
Father, this conflict is too heavy for me to carry. The burden is painful and discouraging. I feel alone and defeated. But I proclaim You as my shield, protector, and deliverer. Right now, I hand over this battle to You. I call out to You and wait for Your answer. In Jesus' name. Amen.