1 LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him. ”
3 But you, LORD, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
7 Arise, LORD! Deliver me, 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
1. David was faced with the fact that many who have rebelled against him
seemed to think that God had abandoned him. When everything seems to
be going wrong, it’s easy for us to wonder if God were still with us or not.
Such experiences cause stress, rob us of sleep, and frequently make us so
anxious that we become ineffective.
2. Yet, David chose to focus his thoughts on God, and to remember who God
is. David had known God as a shield (protector), and his glory (greatest value),
as one who lifted up his head (source of strength). David remembered
who God had proved himself to be in his life, and he was able to pray to God
with confidence, even in the face of opposition and stress.
3. When faced with frustration, accidents, troubles, try not to go on the path of
despair and gloom. Instead, recall the things God has done in your life, count
them out one by one. What different results these two ways bring out?
4. Read this psalm a couple of more times or sing along with this psalm as a
praise and prayer to God: “Thou art a shield for me” http://www.youtube.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen
to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer
in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.