Lord, how they have increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me! Many there be that say of my soul, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah But Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me, my glory and the lifter up of mine head. (Psalm 3:1-3, KJ21)
There is much in life that can come against us. The battles can be inside of us with endless torrents of distresses, confusion and anxieties coming like menacing hordes overpowering our hearts with emotions and our minds with raging thoughts. The battles can come from stresses related to health issues and family interactions and commitments. These internal battles can come from or in response to our performances and obligations in roles and relationships related to our work and careers. The battles can be old coming from regretful actions and lingering consequences and the battles can be new ambushing us when we least expect them.
Real battles can also come against us from real enemies. Literal enemies that would wish to hurt, maim and even destroy us physically, emotionally, financially or by reputation. These combatant enemies can be individuals, or social, societal and even governmental entities but their intentions are always similar. They may desire possession of our place and position consumed by their selfish desires and gain. They may seek revenge and retaliation. They may even seek to damage us or even destroy us.
King David faced both the surging internal battles in his heart and mind and countless literal external intentional actions by enemies near and far bent on his destruction and the taking of his kingdom.
David offers the hope of a shield that would encompass protection from all that was coming against him both from the inside pressures and anxieties and from the literal battles with his enemies, wishing to destroy him. His only hope rested in the mighty shield of the Almighty God protecting him from all realms and all enemies that would come against him. In the midst of all that came against him, David knew and trusted that His Lord would come to him and fight for him. The Lord was David’s only glory and his only hope rested only in God alone.
We may face different pressures and anxieties than David faced and we may never face literal enemies bent on our destruction but we have the same Deliverer who protects us with an all-encompassing shield against all that would come against us. To the Lord alone, we give all glory for He alone can deliver us. He is the only true hope for strength, peace and deliverance from all that would come against us.
Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Selah (Psalm 3:8, ESV)
Suggested Reading … Psalm 3