Key Verse: “I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.” Psalm 3:6
Key Theme: David feeling overwhelmed, surrounded but trustingly reaching out to God
Key Descriptives of God: He who is a Shield. He who Answers. He Who Watches Over. He who Rescues. He who gives Victory. He who is the Lifter of our heads.
Psalm 3 is quite a shift from the first two Psalms. In Psalm 1 the blessedness of daily reconnecting with God through scripture is established. In Psalm 2 we go big picture and see Him as Ruler of the nations. Here in Psalm 3, it is very personal and real. This Psalm was written by David when he fled from his son Absalom when he attempted to take his throne. The ignominy of having someone betraying you and trying to usurp the throne is bad enough on its’ own. However, David is facing this from a son he greatly loves who has also conscripted some of his most loyal friends against him. His top adviser Ahithophel has joined ranks with Absalom. It is devastating at a most profound level imaginable. This is quite beyond the pain of a child who won’t come home for holidays. Samuel the great prophet has anointed you, king, you have killed Goliath in front of the whole nation, you have defeated every external enemy, you have become exceedingly wealthy— but your kid(s)! Maybe some of you relate at least with the last part.
The first two verses are worth noting in that context. “O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying ‘God will never rescue him!’ ” Can you imagine? All the people who have observed the greatness of David now look at him in the predicament he is in and are saying “God will never rescue Him.” His own son and his top adviser have betrayed him. Makes you think being “the anointed one” can be overrated. Treachery seems to abound.
I have often wondered if President Trump has been instructed and strengthened by David’s Psalms as the repeated betrayals he experiences are astonishing. His chief of staff, his secretary of defense, his own niece – are all just some of those who have turned on him. It is hard enough to face the overwhelming nature of known enemies (“the swamp”)— but the emotional toll is another when it is “friendly fire”.
So why is this chapter part of our 67-day focus of the Lord’s face shining upon us? First, if you are an intercessor on Presidential assignment perhaps it gives you further insight on how to pray for him. Secondly, many of us have equivalent contradictions in our personal lives and this chapter is designed to encourage us and walk us through it. David was highly anointed and called but he starts the chapter with, “O God I have so many enemies!” Both can go together. Thirdly, this is a present reality for our nation and even the nations at this time. We are like King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20, who finds himself surrounded by multiple armies. A prophet will advise him that this battle is winnable by praising and worshiping God on the battlefield. This “strategy” is employed and the enemy completely turns on themselves and totally auto-destructs. The people then spend three full days recovering the bounty of treasures that these invading armies had brought with them. I believe we are parabolically living out that chapter, famous for its’ 20:20 passage “believe the Lord and you will be established, believe His prophets and you will prosper.” A chapter/year that begins with being surrounded by multiple armies of a virus, a “plandemic”, a destroyed economy, violence and riots, treachery in high places— is to end with unexpected opportunities to spoil the enemy, especially economically.
David leads us here in Psalm 3 with the example of his own life. He admits being surrounded by “ten thousand enemies” — but his life-key of magnifying of God, instead of magnifying his fears, has him experientially “not afraid”. Let’s practice that. In verse 5, David speaks of “sleeping peacefully” because God watches over him. Can you imagine he didn’t even have an Ambien for this huge test— just a deeply cultivated relationship with God? Verse 3, David tells of the Lord being his Shield and the Lifter of his head. He was protected and he could function without the shame of his own son’s failure tormenting him. Perhaps some of you should pause and receive Him as the Lifter of your head today. He is for you, He is for you.
I believe the last two verses to be something we are invited to join in with this July 16.
“Arise, O Lord! RESCUE me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw! Shatter the teeth of the wicked! VICTORY COMES FROM YOU, O LORD. MAY YOU BLESS YOUR PEOPLE.”
As in Jehoshaphat’s day, the enemies are too many. We need His RESCUE. Another Passover Rescue operation, this time because of the blood of THE Lamb— and not just the blood of A lamb. He who was the first one to be offered by the Father to ask for the nations as an inheritance— and He did and it is why we join in contending for them.
Now I say, Lord in your favor upon us – Shatter the teeth of the wicked “swamp”! Break the jaw of the aligned corrupt media! Remove their ability to “bite”! Deal harshly with their treachery. As David prayed in 2 Samuel 15 regarding this crisis “turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness”. VICTORY comes as You do what only You can do. We will praise you as you turn the enemy against itself.
Written by: Johnny Enlow
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