“LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. But Thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head” (Psalm 3:1, 3).
Those who were troubling David and rising up against him were not the wicked from neighboring countries. They were fellow citizens of Israel who were rebelling and joining in with David’s own son, Absalom. Friends, it is important to know that this was not just a small band of dissenters. Absalom’s advisor Hushai described the rebellion as “the sand that is by the sea in abundance” (2 Samuel 17:11). David learned in that desperate hour that the LORD Himself would be his shield, his glory, and the one Who would keep his head lifted and bring about the victory in His own good time. When that which seems overwhelming begins to crush you, remember what David learned. If it is good for the king, it is good for us as well.
For today: Lord, there are times that can seem like the “sand that is by the sea in abundance” that troubles us. Especially then, help us to remember that you are our Lord, our Shield, our Glory, and the One Who keeps us upright!