Daily Devotional

David: From the Lord Comes Deliverance

by Simon Whitton

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.
Psalm 3:1-8 (NIV)

This Psalm was written by David when his kingdom was at its most precarious. David's son, Absalom, had organized a coup against him.  Absalom was so successful that he had broad and increasing support in Israel; and David had to flee from Jerusalem.

Then Absalom was given advice on how to pursue, attack and kill David.

Ahithophel said to Absalom,
"I would choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David.
I would attack him while he is weary and weak. I would strike him with terror,
and then all the people with him will flee.  I would strike down only the king...
Samuel 17:1-2 (NIV)

David knew his circumstances were dire and his Psalm acknowledges many foes saying "God will not deliver him".  But in saying this, even his foes understood that 'From the LORD comes deliverance'.

David believed that vital truth, and so his heart was towards the Lord and his hope was in Him.  He expressed his faith in the Lord as he cried out to Him; and from that faith David found the peace to lie down and sleep and the strength to declare 'I will not fear'.

How wrong David's enemies had been, saying he was weary and weak and should be struck with terror.  He was rested and at peace, and not only was he unafraid, but he had confidence in the Lord as he went on the offensive in his prayers.  David asked the Lord to arise, deliver him and strike his enemies.  Not long after this Absalom was killed, and the Lord delivered David and restored his kingdom.

When we find ourselves in serious trouble, we may look for expedient or pragmatic solutions.  But there comes a time when we are overwhelmed by the things that have risen up against us, and we realize we can't save ourselves.  When our sources of help are exhausted and our situation is hopeless, that's when we're most likely to cry out to God.

Like David, let's turn towards the Lord and put our trust in Him.  Cry out to Him and put your whole situation in His hands, and know that He will be a shield around you. Then you will be able lie down to rest and not fear.  Pray for the Lord to take action, pray for Him to arise and deliver you, because 'From the LORD comes deliverance'.

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