1 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, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
In my Bible it says this psalm was written by David when he fled from his son, Absalom. You can read in 2 Samuel chapters 13-15 about the circumstances leading up to David fleeing from Jerusalem. There were wrongs committed on either side, and ultimately, Absalom captured the hearts of the Israelites. Absalom gathered a large company men about him ready to attack the city, so David fled.
One might imagine David would moan about why his own son would come against him. “How can this be, Lord? Why would my own son betray me?” But that is not what he writes. David acknowledges he has many foes, but David’s prayer is one of faith. “You, Lord, are a shield about me. You are my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call to you, Lord, and you answer me. You sustain me, Lord, and I will not fear even though I am in mortal danger.” This is why it is said of David that he was a man after God’s own heart.
I may not be in the same dire straits as David, but no matter what difficulties I face, I want my prayers to be ones of praise, not prayers of complaint. I want to give God thanks in all circumstances. I will trust that God has only the best plans for me. Yes, I may have to deal with troubles or pain or hardship, but by faith I know that God will never desert me or leave me to sink on my own. Whatever happens, God will be there too. That’s what David knew; that’s why he did not fear. May we trust in that truth like David.
I want to love you, Lord, with every breath, with every fiber of my being, whether I am facing good times or bad. By your strength working in me, let me deal with whatever is before me and give praise to your name. I will give you praise at all times, for you are my God and you save me. In Christ I pray, Amen.