MAY 19

Read | Psalm 3

Lord, how many are my foes!

    How many rise up against me!

Many are saying of me,

    “God will not deliver him.”

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,

    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

I call out to the Lord,

    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;

    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

I will not fear though tens of thousands

    assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!

    Deliver me, my God!

Strike all my enemies on the jaw;

    break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.

    May your blessing be on your people.

Respond | Ryan Pearce

This season has raised the amount of voices that trouble me. Does anyone else feel that? These voices came from a vault in my heart that I thought I had locked them away and thrown away the key. The psalmist experienced these kinds of accusation from others, and they begin in acknowledgement of these threats. But the Psalmist’s song is not of lament, but of praise. God has interceded, has placed himself in between us and our enemies, given us a buffer to allow us not to be overwhelmed and afraid, but confident.

 

Where do you wish God was standing so that you might be able to rest and take a nap? Name that situation, place, or person and pray for eyes to see God there. The Bible reminds us that God is the God who steps in-between so that rest might come and give us endurance today, despite what we might feel. God is walking with you, sustaining you even when you do not see God at work! So, when we have asked, let us arise and look with expectation for God’s presence in our midst.

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