Have you ever felt oppressed from all angles by the enemy? Where you just want to give up? I have, we know that we are “fighting” a “spiritual war” but like all soldiers we get tired also. As you read today’s psalm think how you may relate to David.
Key Verses, 1-3; 22-24; 27:
- Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.
Take up shield and armor;
arise and come to my aid.
Brandish spear and javelin[a]
against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
“I am your salvation.”
- Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent.
Do not be far from me, Lord.
Awake, and rise to my defense!
Contend for me, my God and Lord.
Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
do not let them gloat over me..
- May those who delight in my vindication
shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
who delights in the well-being of his servant.”
All of us have gotten to that point were we can no longer go forward. It is okay, as we see here David got to that point. It is okay to cry out to God and ask him to take up the shield for us. It has been Him that has carried it all long, even though it does not feel like it. We can pour our hearts to God even to the point that we ask for reassurance. Notice how this Psalm ends, it finishes on a positive note. Because David is sure the God will vindicate him. He prays that those who delight in this may also shout for joy and gladness. So remember when you are going through a hard time the question is not if God will help us rather when and how? Hold the hand of Jesus and trust that He has the shield and armor.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.