1 O Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him”.
3 But you are a shield around me O Lord;
You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
4 To the Lord I cry aloud,
and He answers me from His holy hill.
5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear the tens of thousands
drawn up against me on every side.
7 Arise O Lord!
Deliver me, O my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.
8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.
What mercy is displayed here! Though this was written by King David centuries ago, it is still applicable to our daily lives and struggles. There are many times I can think of where people, and even myself, have thought that God would not deliver me… that He was unable, or that He did not care or exist. But He is our shield, and our very great reward (Gen. 15:1).
How amazing it is when we realize the full implications of what Christ has given us! God is our reward. We may think that the struggle we are going through is to learn some great lesson, and it is true that often times we do. However, each time the struggles produce more than just an answer in how to live for God, but each time the struggles point to God as the only satisfaction of our souls. He is our reward. What are we seeking instead of Him? Where do we look instead of focusing on Him?
Each day that we cry to him He answers. The answer may not be what we expect, but there comes a peace that enables us to move forward, to rest, and to awake anew in Him. He desires to revive us, and make us new daily (Isaiah 57:15). How can we keep going in this life, surrounded by the enemies of God? He promises deliverance at the cross, and the repayment for those who reject Him (John 3:36). In this His blessings abound, and there truly is no end to His great mercies towards those He loves.
- Is there a promise or principle to remember?
The Lord is our shield and our very great reward.
- Is there an example to follow or a command to obey?
David is an excellent example of bringing humility before the Lord. He knows that he is unable to accomplish the daunting task of defeating his enemies that surround him. We, too, are like David. Each and every day we face the enemies of our flesh. We do not have the power to break these chains that hold us to our flesh and keep us bound to them. Only through what God has done on the cross can we truly be rid of our sinful ways and desires.
- Are there attitudes that needed changing, or an error to avoid?
My attitude should be one of acknowledgement in the daily giving over of myself to the Lord. My attitudes, my tongue and my actions should be directed by my desire to show Him glory. Each day I must acknowledge that He has the power to break this cycle, and it is His will that I break my treaty with my sins and let them go… it is not ‘who I am’. “and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.” – Deuteronomy 7:2
- Is there a sin being revealed?
My sin is unbelief in the transformation of my character.
- Does this make you want to pray for someone or yourself?
Lord forgive me for making excuses for the way I speak and act. Forgive me for when I lash out because I feel that I deserve to have a moment of self-righteousness. Lord, I know that the only way for this to end is by taking those sins, presenting them to you, and then putting them to death through your great mercies to me. I desire to put off my old self, and clothe myself in you. Continue to walk with me, giving me the desire to be presented holy and blameless before you.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew,circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.