Celebration: He Anticipates the Victory From The Lord
I lay down and slept,
yet I woke up in safety,
for the LORD was watching over me.
Psalm 3:5 (NLT)
Remember that the subscript of this psalm says this is a psalm of David that he wrote when he fled from his son Absalom. Not only was his life and the lives of all the people who were with him in jeopardy, but David had the added pain of his own son trying to kill him. Yet he lay down and slept because of his trust in the Lord.
When David awakened the next morning, his first thought was of the Lord and how He had protected him and his attendants during the night. This was a sign to him that the Lord was with them and would see them through the crisis.
If we trust Him and seek to do His will, God works on our behalf even while we’re asleep.
Beloved, don’t take sleep for granted. It is a gift. It usually doesn’t come easy in a crisis. David slept. He learned to cry out to God. If you can’t sleep, then pray! Praying will help you keep your cool when the circumstances get hot. God sustained David.
I am not afraid of the multitude of people
who attack me from all directions.
Psalm 3:6 (NET)
David and his followers were tremendously outnumbered in this battle against Absalom and his followers. Yet David revealed that he was not afraid of ten thousand people who would set themselves to destroy him. What a man of faith! In comparison, our problems are puny. If David could sleep in the midst of his troubles and not fear, we should certainly be able to do the same.
David was in the minority. He stood basically alone, except for a small group of friends. Men who have been right, but were in the minority are found all throughout Scripture: Joshua and Caleb, Noah, Elijah, the three Hebrews, Daniel, Esther and Mordecai, etc. Beloved, numbers do not determine whether an issue is right, true, or successful. It is better to be true, than false or to be free to the truth than a slave to false opinions or false teaching.
Arise, O LORD!
Rescue me, my God!
Slap all my enemies in the face!
Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Psalm 3:7 (NLT)
David was not praying for vengeance, but for deliverance, as he has in the past. God smote his enemies and broke their teeth. The breaking of the teeth indicated their strength was removed, severe pain, and shame or embarrassment. Salvation does belong to the Lord. He is the only one that can save and deliver you.
Victory comes from you, OLORD.
May you bless your people.
Psalm 3:8 (NLT)
David was in a situation where he was greatly outnumbered, but he held on to his faith in the Lord. He knew that it wasn’t natural might but the Spirit of God that granted him victory in battle (Zechariah 4:6).
God gives us hope. He gives us room to breathe. We must realize that the plots of men are powerless to frustrate God’s purpose. We can keep our cool when our conflicts get hot by trusting in the Lord.
Father, I know that You are faithful. You do not leave me at the mercy of others. You are a shield for me, my glory and the lifter of my head. You never fail to answer me when I call out to You. You are with me at all time and in every circumstance. You sustain me through the night hours, and I awake refreshed and ready to meet a new day. I have no fear, Father, for You are always with me. I am not afraid no matter how many people rise against me. No matter how strong they are, they are no match for You. You break their teeth and take them out of the equation. Their weapons are useless against me because You are the God of my salvation. Blessings are upon me and curses cannot cling to me, for you have commanded that I be blessed!
DECLARATION OF FAITH
When many rise against me to trouble me, saying, “There is no help for him/her in God,” I will not throw down my faith. My heavenly Father is faithful. He is my shield against all trouble and persecution. He lifts my head in honor and covers me with His glory as a testimony to all of my enemies.
I stretch myself out to sleep in perfect peace, free of all anxiety.
When my rest is complete, I awake again and find the Lord at my side, keeping guard over my life. He is an ever-present sentinel who never fails to protect me from the attacks of my enemies. I will not fear even tens of thousands drawn up against me, for I am never alone. The Lord of Hosts is my companion and ally. He strikes my enemies down in a fierce display of His power. His mighty fist shatters their teeth.
So let the enemy bark all he wants. His bite is nothing to me.