"O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!” Psalm 3:1
When I read the Psalms, they give me comfort. But I must admit that sometimes get a little tired of David's whining about all of his enemies. He cries out time and time again about how they are bearing down on him, slandering him, or threatening to kill him. And each time he cries out to God for help.
But then I pause and think. How many times have I cried out to God? Most likely a lot more than the cries contained in the Psalms. Each time, my faith tells me that He will answer. My experience confirms it, even if at the time I did not hear Him above my anxious thoughts and tears.
Perhaps my enemies were not soldiers seeking me out, but there is an enemy who stalks the earth and hovers to strike when I am weak. He is the father of lies, the serpent who has been defeated for eternity but still lurks in our world wreaking havoc. I was severely bullied for seven years as a child until I switched schools. As an adult, I have been falsely accused and poorly treated as well. Perhaps you have, too. The world is not a fair place.
And yet, I have probably not called out to my Lord enough times. Maybe I need to be more like David and cry out each and every time. He knew not only who his enemies were; more importantly, he knew who God is.
"But you are a shield around me, O Lord…." Psalm 3:3
We can learn a lot from David.
Dear Father in Heaven, forgive me for trying to battle my enemies on my own and not crying out to You more often. You gave me your Word as my refuge and my sword to ward off the evil one's presence. You give me Your Spirit to live deep within my soul to guide me. You gave Your Son on the cross for my sins. Help me to call on You and to remember that You are but a breath away at all times. I pray this in praise and thanksgiving through Your Son. Amen.
Today, if you feel battle-worn, read Psalm 3. Then call on God for deliverance and shielding.