When he was fleeing from his son Absalom, David said God surrounded him with a shield and answered his prayers. He would not be afraid.
(A Psalm by David, when he fled from Absalom his son)
VERSE 1. LORD, how my adversaries have increased! Many are those who rise up against me.
VERSE 2. Many there are who say of my soul, “There is no help for him in God.”* Selah.
VERSE 3. But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
you, LORD, are a shield around me. God surrounds us with a protective shield.
my glory. The greatest thing in a believer’s life is not themselves. Rather, it is the LORD.
VERSE 4. I cry to the LORD with my voice, and he answers me out of his holy hill. Selah.
he answers me. God is always listening. All we need to do is pray.
VERSE 5. I laid myself down and slept. I awakened; for the LORD sustains me.
laid myself down. The Hebrew word is shakab. It means to lie down to sleep.
and I sleep. The Hebrew word is yashen. It means to sleep.
VERSE 6. I will not be afraid of tens of thousands of people who have set themselves against me on every side.
I will not be afraid. The Bible keeps telling us to not be afraid.
tens of thousands of people. One with God is a majority. When we stand with God, we need not fear, even though an army encamps against us. The events of our daily lives serve as a school where we learn to not fear.
Isaiah 41:10. Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
VERSE 7. Arise, LORD! Save me, my God! For you have struck all of my enemies on the cheek bone. You have broken the teeth of the wicked.
VERSE 8. Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing be on your people.
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