How are you doing these days? Churches and sporting events are cancelled. Medical professionals and hospitals are becoming overwhelmed. Those with symptoms are quarantined for 14 days. Perhaps you are wondering what your kids do once school spring break is over; do you home-school? Are you affected by a temporary job shutdown and wondering how you will pay the bills? Perhaps you even went out for toilet paper only to find empty shelves! Fear can be overwhelming. (photo via pixabay)
David could probably relate. And he may have some good tips for us about how we can handle this situation in our thoughts and feelings.
David, unable to respond appropriately to Amnon and Absalom, unable to discern the real issue he set up for Tamar, was forced to flee for his life. (1 Samuel 13 – 17) He quickly left the palace and kingdom authority behind and headed into the wilderness. His heart must have been very broken and the loneliness intense. All he could do was send some trusted friends to observe Jerusalem’s events and to trust God for the rest. You may want to go back to the blog, One of These Days, David’s prayer in the wilderness, recorded in Psalm 63.
He also wrote out Psalm 3, another prayer of anguish and faith.
The soul expression
A few weeks ago, I was talking to God about delays I experienced. Whether our soul expression is uttered from frustration or fear, this Psalm is a powerful application.
1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” Selah Psalm 3:1-2 (NIV)
Whatever is trying our soul, our human nature cries out. So much seems against us. It feels overwhelming. And God listens. God honors our honest cry. We wonder whether God is going to do anything about this dilemma, whatever it is.
By faith, we remind ourselves who God really is because He has never changed His desire for us.
3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. 4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah Psalm 3:3-4 (NIV)
God is fully capable of caring for us, especially in the wilderness. He proved that over and over to Israel for 40 years as He met every need they had. God is our glory, our source of real wisdom and response to the dilemma. He is always working to transform us from glory to glory so we more and more think and act like Him. He faithfully answers our cry because He honors our emotional responses and our human nature. (Psalm 103:13-14)
Sleep comes when we remember who really sustains us. When we determine to lean on Him, not our own ability.
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 6 I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. Psalm 3:5-6 (NIV)
Our souls no longer churn inside but we find sweet sleep when we remember who is sustaining us. God alone is able to restore and support us; we need not fear whatever situation we are encountering. God knows how to deal with wilderness situations, whether it is coronavirus, other health issues, finances, or ministries. In the wilderness, a place where we have no ability to naturally sustain our lives physically or even spiritually. No matter how overwhelming it feels, how impossible it looks to us. Can God handle the school situation, the finances, the illnesses or whatever is churning in us today? Absolutely.
God loves to hear our requests and to meet our needs. He loves to provide good things for us.
7 Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah Psalm 3:7-8 (NIV)
Deliverance comes. It is actually the word, “yeshua” or “salvation,” and includes victory, prosperity, help, and health. Yeshua, Jesus’ name. God has already done everything needed to overpower our enemy who wants to steal, kill and destroy. (1 John 3:8, John 10:10) We more than conquer. (Romans 8:37)
May God’s blessing be on His people, including Gentile Christ-followers. Blessings of deliverance or rescue, victory, prosperity, success, help, health. God’s blessing is the opposite of the curses of lack, defeat, relationship issues or sickness.
I noticed that after each portion, David added “Selah.” To pause in God’s presence and contemplate the power and strength of the words just spoken.
May you Selah today. Pause in God’s presence and contemplate how He has all of this under control and we will see His victory for us.
3 May we never forget that the Lord works wonders for every one of his devoted lovers. And this is how I know that he will answer my every prayer. Psalm 4:3 (PassionNTPsa)
Carol Boggess, author and speaker at A Healing Journey
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