O LORD, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
Many are saying of my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.
But You, O LORD, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head
(PSALM 3:1-3 NASB).
I have three enemies that work 24/7 to get me away from God. I know every day when I get up they are just waiting for me: an enemy around me, an enemy within me, and an enemy beneath me.
The world is my external foe. It says, “I am just a product of chance and my life has no meaning.” The Bible fights against this foe by declaring, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” and me too!
The flesh is my internal foe. My flesh will say, “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow I may die.” But the Bible says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
The devil is my eternal foe. The devil will whisper in my ear, “You can get away with it!” But the Bible says, “Be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).
David’s enemies don’t just mock him, they also mock God. In Psalm 3:2 they say, “There is no deliverance for him in God” (NASB). They laugh at David’s faith and make fun of David’s Father. They do not see David living a victorious life and so they do not see God either.
Even when the people of this world can’t see God, they can see our faith. Be assured, they will measure the size of our God by the size of our faith. Through the way we live our lives every day, we must show the world, by our great faith, that we serve a great God.
No matter the foe, there is no god like our God.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
We’ve all been there—that solitary place of sorrow where it feels like no one can help us.
Like David, we’re surrounded by enemies, be they the world, the flesh, or the devil. We cry out to God, but there is no reply.
We are walled in, it seems. It seems. The truth is, just as we identify with David in his troubles, we can also identify with him in his victory. We find that our God is a shield for us, the lifter of our head.
Like David, we see that victory is found in the Lord and we belong to the one with whom victory resides. The people of God are a people of victory, today and every day.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.