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“I cried to the Lord and He heard me” (Psalm 3:4 NKJV)
In Psalm three, David’s passion sweeps the gamut from somber despair to quiet confidence. Here, David is outnumbered by murderous enemies and runs for his life. Terror gripped his soul as they spit forth insults. Declaring that his sin destroyed all hope of deliverance, “Lord, they increase who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me saying, there is no help for him in God”. Horrible enough had they been foreign adversaries. But no, it was David’s beloved son Absalom, leading the hunt and commanding the assassins.
Indeed, a painful trial for David. Still, even though tested inwardly and outwardly, he gazes upward. Stretching toward the only One who is able to rescue. With confidence, David soaks in mercy, until fear virtually melts away. As if unseen armor stood guard and kept him safe while praying, “You, O Lord are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head” (Ps 3:3). By verse five, the psalmist recovers strength. Then refreshes himself with pure joy because of God’s protection. Now cradled in calm assurance, David lies down and goes to sleep. It is a sweet, peaceful sleep, a gift from God.
Amid turmoil, David received mental poise while he rested in God. Likewise, we touch God’s heart when we place trust in Him. All things considered, David failed at times. And so do we. However, believing in the Lord brings comfort and true happiness. Dear reader, perhaps you need a friend like Jesus. If so, ask Him into your heart. He always forgives and receives those who truly repent.
Father, we look to you for help. Thank you for protection as we relax in your strong arms.
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