When I read Psalms I always get the sense that David’s emotional state was like a pendulum. It’s always going from desperation to God can conquer all. In the 8 verses in Psalms 3, we see this swing from everyone is against him, and the poor me attitude to God can conquer all. Yet how many times are we like this in our own lives?
Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. 2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. 3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. 5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. 7 Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. 8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
This is a Psalm of David when he was fleeing from Absalom, his own son.
Our Troubles Seem to be Exponential
It always seems like when we have trouble in life, it is not only one problem but many. Now some of that is our perspective, we start taking everyday issues we deal with, we start looking at them as huge problems. We begin to think we don’t have time to deal with these additional problems and start to dwell with all the nuisances in life. We start to feel sorry for ourselves and begin to think everyone is against us.
In verse two, it says that they will say there is no help from him in God. Today, if you go on any social media and see a post about Jesus/God, you’re bound to see someone write a comment about how He is fake. That only the weak need God. How could a loving God allow all this bad? These are just a few of the comments you will see. It becomes discouraging at times that people mock God, they mock us. We start to think we are along. But in verse 3, we see that God lifts us up, he protects us for His divine purpose.
Verse 5 talks about going to sleep and the Lord sustained David. I don’t know how many times in my life, I have felt like David, where everyone is against me, that I have more problems than anyone, or my problem is well beyond anything I can handle. I go to God and pray, and many times I’m whining to God, and then I go to bed. I always feel much better after I pray, but I feel like I can take on the world after I’ve had to nights sleep. God has given me that peace that he has it under control. When you have peace, it is easy to sleep.
Then the Psalms finishes up with how powerful God is. That he is in control and he will punish the ones that do us harm unjustly.
Take Home Message
Anytime we are facing trials in our life or people that mock us, we need to remember that God is always there with us. He has a plan, and that plan is far bigger than what we can imagine. We can’t get caught up with everything we think is a problem, and think God can’t handle them. Nothing is too big for God.
Check out the other Psalms Devotionals here.