Psalm of David
It is written by David when he is fleeing from his son Absalom
covers the fued between David and his son Absalom
A summery is one of Absalom brothers had vilated his sister. David didn’t really do anything. So Absalom kills his brother.
The people loved Absalom and eventually Absalom takes power and David flees.
While David is on the run David writes this psalm
We also see after verse 2 and after verse 4 and after verse 8 the word Selah. It is a musical term which means rest, hush.
It is like the song has a rest after the statement for dramtic effect. They are not put their by accident. David put them their on purpose. They are their to give us three thoughts.
1 O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
The first thing David did in this psalm is call out to God.
He cries out O Lord. You can hear the desperation.
Have you ever been in a spot were you where desperate for God to move and you just cried out Oh Lord.
David say O Lord, how many are my foes!
In you read that every where David went it seemed that someone else was against Him.
David feels at this point that people are coming from everywhere they are against him.
His foes are saying There is no salvation. for him God.
In other words God will not deliver him. God will not get him out of this situation.
The enemy thinks that God has left David.
But I want to encourage that God does not leave his annointed in the midest of the Storm.
The enemy may be rising against you. You may having many coming against you. But I want to assure that God has not forsaken you. That God has not abandoned you.
David says the enemy is saying you have left me God.
David then writes Selah.
Sometimes when you are surrounded by the enemy, They are questioning you, they are coming at you. Sometimes the best thing you can do is stop and reflect. You should be silent.
David is going to stop and reflect on his own salvation.
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
4 I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
But you have not abandon me. In the midest of this storm you have put your shield around me.
David is saying that God is his protection. That he has nothing to fear because God is watching after him.
In your storm you can have comfort because God is watching out for you. He is the one sustaining.
The enemy can’t do anything that he doesn’t will or allow.
My head is looking down. But you are the lifter of my head.
David had confidence that God would restore him to his place.
That God would work all of this back.
We severe a God that delights in restoring the down trodden.
David says I cried out to you Lord and you answered me from Heaven.
When we call out to God in our times of trouble. When it seems we are defeated we can be sure that The God of Heaven who sits on his thrown will answer you from his holy Hill.
He is answering you from a place of authority.
So take comfort.
Then David writes another Selah. We should stop and reflect this.
David reflected on the many times God had come to his rescue.
What about with Goliath, or with Saul.
David reflected on how many times God had lifted his head and restored him.
He reflected on all the times God had answered him.
It is good for us in the middle of our storms to stop and reflect on the times that God has come to our rescue.
It is good for us to reflect on the times that we have called out to God and he has answered us.
David who is surrounded by the enemy and it does not look like he will get out of this situation with his life. Says after he cried out to God and he answered you. That he slept, and I awoke again and God sustained him.
David knew that if God sustained him through the night while he slept then God would sustain him through this situation.
When we go through storms and God answers us we must trust in God with what he has told us and trust in him.
But I don’t know about you. God will answer me and then I will still stay awake at night thinking throught the situation.
I will still spend my still trying to solve the problem.
We must follow David example and just trust in Jesus.
David slept while the enemy surrounded him because he trusted in God.
David in verse 6 says even though thousands surround me. I am not afraid.
David was confident in God. He completly trusted God.
No matter the situation, no matter the odds. We must first call out to God and then when God answers us we must trust him.
That is what I struggle with. I will call out to God. We all do that at least I hope we do. We are in trouble we call out to God. We then will hear God answer our prayers. We have no problem there.
Then we have to wait on God to move and trust that what he said he would do he will do. That is where we struggle.
7 Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Selah
David states a declaration of what God said when he answered him.
David in full confidence says “Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God!
David is so confident that God will do what he says. He writes verse 7 as if it has already happened.
You can bank if God has told you something you can write it down as if it has already happened.
Notice in verse 8 David understood where his salvation came from. David had done nothing. David Salvation had come from the Lord and he deserved all the credit.
After verse 8 we see our last Selah.
David has peace and trust in God.
We should stop and reflect about the peace we find in God from our storms and reflect on our trust in God.
Sometimes we need to write Selah in our lives.
The Brooklyn Tabernacle wrote a song based off this psalm. As they sing it I want you to stop and reflect tonight
stop and reflect on your salvation in the Lord.
Stop and reflect on the times God has come to your rescue
Stop and reflect on the times God has restored you.
Stop and reflect on the peace that is only found in God.
Stop and reflect on the trust you have with God in this situation.