Psalm 3 Part 2
In these troubled times, it is good to be reminded that we are not alone and have to fight our battles alone. I am reminded of one of the last words that Jesus said to His disciples “All authority has been given to me in heaven and in the earth and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the earth.” (Matthew 28:18&20) David understood this for he said in Verse 5 “I lay down to sleep; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me”. This verse is very interesting because we know that David was in danger, he was on the run trying to escape his enemy’s army, his life was in danger, and he was in a situation that he had not experienced for a long time. The last time he was being attacked was some 40 years previous when he was chased by King Saul. Even though what he was experiencing was so dangerous it did not shake his confidence in his God. In the troubled time, he was able to go to sleep and wake up refreshed in the Lord. This is the hallmark of a person who has a true relationship with the Lord. It is so easy to say that we love the Lord when life is going well for us, but it is a different story when everything goes wrong then we find out the strength of our relationship with the Lord. David goes on to say that even if ten thousand people are chasing him, he would not be afraid. It is good to take stock of our love for the Lord and be able to reassure ourselves that we truly love the Lord and take the time to tell Him that you know that He is a good God. You cannot spend too much time declaring the greatness of God in your life and how you enjoy being in His presence, this is the only way that we can combat the ungodly ways of the world. In Verse 7 David says: “Arise, O Lord, save me, O my God!” There he declares that the enemy has been defeated and it did not stop him from declaring that God was his personal God, this highlights such an important truth, we must have a strong personal relationship with the Lord. This is what I have experienced, even though I had Godly parents and a Godly wife they were not the source of my love for my Lord. It has been my choice to choose to passionately follow the Lord with all that I have. Now we come to the final verse, verse 8 which says: “Salvation belongs to the Lord, your blessing is upon your people! Selah” (Pause and think about this). Even though David was a mighty warrior and had achieved many outstanding things, he did rely on his ability, he relied on his God. He declared “Salvation belongs to the Lord”, This is something that we should never forget, without the Lord in our lives we are nothing. We cannot take the credit for the hand of the Lord on our lives. He goes on to say that the Lord’s blessing is upon His people. I desire that I continually be aware of the blessing of God that is upon my life. Unfortunately, there is a danger that we can this for granted. David did not so we are encouraged to remind ourselves regularly of the goodness of God in our lives, we have so much to be thankful for!