“O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! “ Psalm 3:1
When I read the Psalms, they give me comfort. But I must admit at times I get a little tired of David’s whining about all of his enemies. He cries out time and again how they are bearing down on him, slandering him, threatening to kill him. Time and again he cries out to God for help.
Then I have to pause and think. How many times have I cried out to God?
Most likely a lot more than the times that are contained in the Psalms.. My faith tells me each time He has answered. My experience confirms it, even if at the time I did not hear Him above my anxious thoughts and tears. Perhaps my enemies are not soldiers seeking me out, but there is an enemy who stalks the earth and hovers to strike when I am weak. He is the father of lies, the serpent who has been defeated for eternity but still lurks in our world reeking havoc.
And yet, I probably do not cry out enough times. Maybe I need to be more like David. At least he knew two things at all times. First, he knew who his enemies were and what they were up to. Secondly, he believed and trusted that God would prevail and would protect him. David knew in his heart he was a child of God and God had placed him on earth for a purpose. I can learn a lot from David. David knew not only who his enemies were but who God is.
“But you are a shield around me, O Lord….” Verse 3
Dear Father in Heaven, forgive me for trying to battle my enemies on my own and not crying out to You more often. Forgive me for my impatience with myself and others. You gave me your Word as my refuge and my sword to ward off the evil one’s presence. You give me your Spirit to live deep within my soul to guide me. You gave Your Son on the Cross for my sins. Help me to call on You and to remember You are but a breath away at all times. I pray this in praise and thanksgiving through Your Son. Amen.