Ive had the plan of sharing some short thoughts on here looking through different passages of scripture. This is the first and hopefully there will be many more to come.
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
1 O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people! Selah
Do you ever feel like there is so much fighting against you??
As I think about New Years and the resolutions that people are making, I think this has to be one of the main reasons that we don't follow through on them. There are so many things standing against us. We may not be like David in this psalm, where there are actually people trying to take our lives, but we know we got enemies. It might be people, it might be fear, it might be sickness, it might be sin, it might be doubt, it might be any kind of thing. In reality we know we all got one enemy that is desperate to make us ineffective and He will show up in any number of ways.
Listen to what the enemies were telling David in verse 2,
“There is no salvation for him in God."
The attack is not against God. The attack is not even against David. The attack is against His mind.
"David, there's no hope," the enemies say. "We are too great, you have no way out." Notice the Selah after this verse, which is probably an instruction to pause here. David wants the reader or singer to sit here for a little while, to feel it, to identify with it... can you?
My guess is yes.
"But you, O Lord..."
This echos what I think are the two best words in the Bible in Ephesians 2. After describing how we were dead Paul starts verse 4 with "BUT GOD...".
Moving out of the place of feeling no hope is not by a removal of the enemies. Doubt, fear, and hopelessness are not based on the presence of enemies. They are based on the presence, or lack of presence, of God.
While still in the presence of many thousands of enemies, David calls to God and look at what he does. After sitting in that place of hopelessness, maybe feeling stuck there, he's able to lift his head confidently (v.3), lay down to sleep soundly (v.5), and not be afraid of all that is around him (v.6). Nothing about the enemies has changed yet (v.6), but the presence of God changes everything!
You have plenty of enemies and things to be afraid of... BUT GOD!
Call out to Him, lift your head, sleep soundly, don't be afraid, receive hope!