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May 3 Devotion: A Sustaining God

A Sustaining God

Psalm 3:1-8 [1] Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. [2] Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. [3] But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. [4] I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. [5] I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. [6] I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. [7] Arise, O Lord ; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. [8] Salvation belongeth unto the Lord : thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

In this Psalm we don’t find David leading the sheep. He’s not taking on Goliath, nor sitting on the throne. Instead we find David at a time in his life where he’s running from those seeking to take his life. He even asks in verse 1 how are those numbers increasing? Have you ever felt that way? Just feel like everything and/or everyone is against you? No matter what you do right things always seem to fall apart. You can be as nice as possible, yet there are still those that desire to tear you down. Just like David here, those are the times that it’s easy to become defeated, discouraged, or depressed. However, instead of worrying about so many things that were out of his control, David just slept. That’s why this portion of Scripture has meant more and more to me over time. The fact that we have an instance we can look at in someone else’s life, where things looked bleak, yet they just slept! Not only did he sleep, but he says the Lord sustained him!! Think about this the next time you lie awake at night worrying. You think you have ten thousands of people set against you? That’s what David says he had in verse 6. If that didn’t keep him awake, why then should the things we are facing keep us awake. Yes, we have real issues and face real things, but do what David did in verse 3 and 4. Cry out to God, lean and depend on Him, and allow Him to take the lead on these things and give you rest! I can imagine some of the best sleep we could ever get is to sleep in the face of whatever your adversities may be!!

God bless you today!! Bro. Josh Richardson

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