This Month's Promise

“Today if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts...”

- (Psalm 95:7,8)

Read: Psalm 3:1-8


"You are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head." (Psalm 3:3)

This psalm was written by David when he was fleeing from his palace in fear of his son Absalom who plotted to kill him. In II Samuel 15, we read of the sad story of David’s flight from his own palace. In the darkness of the night, he crossed the Kidron valley and went with his faithful followers to hide himself for a while from the fury of his rebellious son. David was in great grief not only because his own son, Absalom was in rebellion against him, but also because Ahithophel his faithful counselor had turned his back on him and his trustworthy generals and soldiers had deserted him. With great agony, David cried out to the Lord, “How many are my foes!”But soon David gained confidence by shifting his eyes from his dreadful situation to the Lord Almighty. He declared boldly, “But you are a shield around me, O Lord.” The shield he mentioned here is the one which surrounded a person entirely, above, beneath, without and within. Then he said confidently, “O Lord, you will bestow glory on me.” David knew that though he was driven from his capital in contempt and scorn, he would return in triumph. By faith he looked upon God, honored Him and glorified Him. How wonderful he was to see his future glory amidst present shame! And then David said, “You will lift up my head, O Lord”. He was confident that the Lord would surely exalt him one day. Though he hung his head in sorrow, at the present moment, he believed that very soon he would lift it up with joy and thanksgiving. From this psalm of David we are encouraged to know of the threefold blessing which God affords to His suffering ones- defense for the defenseless, glory for the despised and joy for the comfortless.

So dear friends, when we go though rejection and persecution, when our enemy Satan seems to attack us with great power, let us not become weary and lose heart but trust in the Lord of David who is our Savior, Defender and the Lifter of our heads.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, when the enemies threaten me, let me not be discouraged, but be confident that they will not overcome me for You are my Defender. You are a shield around me and you will one day bring glory and honor to me. I trust in you, O Lord, my Savior and Redeemer. Amen.