"Raised Up and Delivered" - Wednesday, August 24th

"Raised Up and Delivered" - Wednesday, August 24th

O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God! For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek; You have shattered the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people! Psalm 3:1-8

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

We all have people around us that pull us down. This was certainly the case for the Psalmist in today’s Scripture. Evidently, he had something in his life he was contending with and there were a whole bunch of people who were rooting against him. Your head would hang pretty low if it got as bad for you as it did for the Psalmist who said, “Many are saying of my soul, ‘There is no deliverance for him in God.’” What would it be like if the people around you said you were so helpless, hopeless, and bad off, that not even God could help you?

We are not told what it is the naysayers in the Psalmist’s life thought he couldn’t be delivered from. Unknown to them the Psalmist experienced deliverance of a different sort. Make no mistake the words of his naysayers were sharp and hurting and this is what leads the Psalmist to tell God all about his naysayers in the opening of our Psalm. But the very next thing the Psalmist does is to state to God what he knows to be true of God because it is the perfect antidote for what he experiencing from his naysayers. The Psalmist says, “But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head.”

Knowing what is true of God and experiencing what is true of God are two very different things. It is very interesting that the Psalmist shifts now from talking to God to talking to his readers. He says, “I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from his holy mountain.” What was he crying to the Lord about? He was intensely asking the Lord to help him to experience Him as a shield about him, to experience His glory, and to experience God lifting his head high.” In essence the Psalmist was asking God for deliverance from the impact of his naysayers. God answered and the impact of his naysayers trying to pull him down was countered by God working in these wonderful ways.

The evidence that all this became true for the Psalmist is seen in these remarkable words, “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about.” What a remarkable deliverance the Psalmist experienced from the impact of his naysayers. This all happened as the voices of his naysayers could be heard but for the Psalmist it was as if their mouths were shut and he was able to lay down and sleep. Note these words, “For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek; You have shattered the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people!” For the Psalmist, his naysayers have been silenced and God his become the deliverer and sustainer of his life.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I believe you able and always available to lift my head and raise me up when others are pulling me down. I cry to you, like the Psalmist. Please make what I know to be true of you, true in my actual experience. Deliver me from the impact of my naysayers and sustain me in my daily life as I face the many challenges that come my way. Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God! Amen!

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