Psalm 3 has the psalmist feeling a bit overwhelmed. “How many are my foes….many are rising against me”. Ever feel that way – that the trials of life and the people around you are all against you. It is a lonely place, and it often happens to those who are leading. We all are leaders in many ways. Be it in our marriages, as parents, as part of our work, in church or other organizations we may serve – we are all leaders and sometimes it just feels like everyone is against us. Life can be a very lonely place as the psalmist points out.
Sometimes that feeling of everyone being against us grows to people talking about us. “Many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God”. Ever been smeared or had others gossip about you? That too can be a lonely place to be. Words can hurt, but the truth is more powerful. We have to cling to the rock that will save our soul. God is never far from us, even when it feels like we are all alone. We just need to stop and make sure we are plugged into the source of all power.
The psalmist goes on to remind us these things about God who is:
- “a shield
- Lifter of my head”
God is able to sustain us. He is able to lift us up. The writer here “cried aloud to the Lord” and guess what? “He answered me”. Does that surprise you? That God listens and responds? It shouldn’t as scripture is filled with promises about God and answering prayer. My experience is that often God doesn’t answer prayer because we never ask it. We don’t actually stop and sit at His feet and seek His face. We just expect Him to know what we need and deliver. It doesn’t work that way.
The writer goes on to say “I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me”. God is always there. We can depend on Him. And because of that, we should have the same response as the psalmist: “I will not be afraid”. God is with us. We can trust Him. We need not live in fear but need to live in His presence. “Salvation belongs to the Lord”. He is the One who is in control. We must seek Him and bring our cares and concerns to Him. And then we can sleep and know that He will sustain and take care of us. He is the great I AM.