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July 14, 2017

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Reading along with us in the first 30 chapters of Psalm? Here’s today’s reading:

Psalm 3 (ESV)

O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around… Continue Reading

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  1. Have you been betrayed by people in your “inner circle”? People you’d confided in, placed your trust in, and loved? How about by your own family? I’ve never had it go that far, thankfully. But I know people who have.

    That’s what has happened to David as he’s penning this song. And worse than “mere betrayal,” there was a conspiracy against him — started by his own son — to not only take David’s throne, but his life. (Read 2 Samuel 13-18 for the story.)

    I imagine David had no idea what was to come, or who he could trust with providing for him while he was in hiding. But there is ONE he knew he could ALWAYS trust! No matter how terrible his circumstances, David’s trust in God reveals a very special relationship, one that had been tested and proven over and over again. And because I know the end of the story, I can tell you that David placed his trust right where it always belongs: in God.

    I had major trust issues for many years, and those trust issues transferred to my relationship with God. It took me a long time and many tests and trials to learn what David seemed to always know: God can always be trusted, in every circumstance, to work all things for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Just as it was for David, God’s love for His children in Christ is perfect, without limits, and without conditions. There’s no safer place to be than with God as my Father.

    God CAN always be trusted. If you are His, as David was, He will NEVER betray you. He will NEVER leave you. He will NEVER forsake you. He will NEVER conspire against you!

    Romans 8:18-39 comes to mind, especially verses 33-39: “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  2. I like the KJV: 2 “Many there be which 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.”
    I think of his downcast soul and those who say that God won’t be there for him. Then God chucks him under the chin and lifts his head.

  3. And how hard is it for us to sleep when we are threatened by things? Which makes verse 5 significant. I think many of us would fear ten thousand drawn up against us…I recall getting tripped up and thrown into a tizzy by 1!! What rest comes from having God as our shield! What peace comes from putting vengeance in God’s hands for Him to portion out what is right and what will bring about His glory. I would probably be in prison if I took matters into my own hands…..

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