I wanted to post this as a bonus, because the holiday season is the toughest time for everyone; especially those fighting depression, addictions, etc., those going through divorce or suffering some other loss of a loved one. Psalms is my favorite book next to the Gospels. I call them balms, because God never fails to strengthen, encourage, comfort, admonish, and bless me tremendously through them-time after time. I hope this study on Psalm 3 blesses you as much as it blessed me.
Psalm 3:1-3 LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, God will not deliver him. But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the one who lifts my head high. This was written by King David when he fled from his son, Absalom. He begins by going before the LORD. Sometimes betrayal runs much deeper within our circle than we expected. When it comes to light it throws you for a loop. But things still need to be handled, though, don’t they? Oh but the shock of the truth, and the pain of the betrayal. When it’s someone in your inner circle, they know you all too well, usually. Sometimes, we betray ourselves. We settle for less than what we know we deserve; we beat ourselves up over stuff that’s over and done with-and shouldn’t even be around in our mind like that anymore. We betray ourselves spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally when we give in to the guilt, the fear, the doubt, the shame, the game-the devil’s game, that is. Down under his feet is exactly where he wants you. So now you have to try and second-guess and/or out maneuver the enemy to stay safe and in control of your domain, your life. To make matters worse, everybody’s laughing at you, mocking you. Talk on the street says it’s over for you. Oh, but the Glorious One, who says, “Lift up your head, your eyes, for your salvation draws near. He is a shield around you. He wraps Himself, His Glory around you in all that mess.
Psalm 3:4-6 I call out to the LORD, and He answers me from His Holy Mountain. I lie down and sleep. I wake again because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Now you can be at peace, sleeping when you lie down. You don’t need to lose sleep over somebody else’s animosity or striving against you. You don’t need to worry about how you’re going to take care of business in this mess, or over their laughter, derision, mocking, or negativity. The LORD hears every cry; even the silent one.
I find it interesting that God answers from his Holy Hill-the throne room. That tells me that God has decreed my deliverance in every situation. And while that’s coming to pass, He sustains me. My broken heart, my frazzled mind, and my war-wearied body and soul. I need not fear anything that may come against me, from any direction. I’m surrounded by God’s glory like a shield. Peace, joy, the mind of Christ, these are all part of that glory; and it’s wrapped around you.
When you’re battling addiction, depression, loss of a loved one and all the grief and confusion that comes with those, and other situations, it does seem as if tens of thousands of things are coming at you all at once. That’s the accuser of the brethren, your adversary Satan, trying to pull you back down into that pit. Don’t fear! Take heart and be of good cheer, says Jesus, for he has overcome the world. Any time you begin to break free of something, or there’s some critical event happening, it’s an opportunity for the forces of hell to come against you. Their one and only goal is to destroy you. The Bible says there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus. That’s a promise you can remind the devil of. You need not fear that you’ll fall back into the pit you’re climbing out of, or have climbed out of when those things assail you. The fear, the doubt, the guilt, the shame, all of it is gone. It is as far from you as the East is from the West, and Jesus rendered it powerless when He nailed it to the cross.
Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, November 6, 2018, 2:20 p.m.