O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. (NIV) Psalm 3:1, 3
What do you do when the chips are down? Panic? Cry? Complain? If anyone had reason to complain or panic it was Israel’s King David. He was fleeing from his son and facing a military crises. His enemies were increasing to the tens of thousands (Psalm 3:6) and they were actively pursuing him. Did he go into a deep depression? No! Contrary to how we might act, David confidently cried out to God to help him and he received confidence and peace of mind. . . David went to sleep, knowing that “LORD sustains me” (v 5). Although his enemies had encircled him, he trusted God as he said: “Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the LORD comes deliverance” (v 7-8).
What do you do when the impossible seems to engulf you? Where do you go when your enemies come after you? To whom do you turn when you need help? Only God is our true Protector and Deliverer. If you turn to anything or anyone other than Him, you’re settling for less than the best! Turn to God. Cry out to Him, and He will give you a peace that guards your heart and mind!