A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom. 1 Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. 6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. 7 Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
I feel like this Psalm starts from David’s mind when he lies down but can’t get to sleep. At the end of a hard day/week/year when I am weary it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and attacked. It would be easy at that point to believe the negative things those around me are saying. But what David knows is that it’s not the opinion of the masses that count but the Presence and Faithfulness of God. How much better and more positive does David feel after he’s had a good rest. Note to self – I can safely leave my problems and worries with God, and it’s ok (and a really good idea) to take rest when you need it. Verse 8 sums it up – ‘from the Lord comes deliverance’. You and I can safely leave our troubles with God because he is the One who will defend and rescue us.
Heavenly Father thank you for all you do for me. Help me to trust you with the things that weigh me down. Help me to see my life thru your eyes. Thank you that you are my deliverer. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Written by Christine Knight