Sept 20 Daily Rhythms
O LORD, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul,
there is no salvation for him in God. But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
David wrote Psalm 3 when he was running in fear that his son was going to kill him. Have you ever felt great loss and disappointment? Name what is “rising up against you” and say out loud, “You, Lord are the lifter of my head” Come back to this verse when you doubt.
Ps 3:4-6. I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill.
I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
Think of a time when the LORD has been your rescue, when he rescued you. From a painful future, or an addiction, or a person or situation. And remember, no one can stand against the creator of the universe. Your rescuer is strongest being of all. Or as the veggie tales song reminds us, God is bigger than the boogie man.
Arise, O LORD!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the LORD;
your blessing be on your people!
There is a verse in Romans where Paul wrote that God works in all things for the good of those who love him. There are times not to point this out to hurting people, but it does us well to see that David, in the midst of loss, fear, and grief went into this prayer noting the foes around him, and ended it with the certainty that Gods people would feel his goodness. Where do you need to feel God’s goodness? Ask him right now, “God help me feel your goodness with that thing about….”