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. Psalm 3:1-3
We live in a society addicted to news. What we get is mostly entertainment packaged as news, designed mostly to keep you watching, rather than give us a balanced view of the world. Consequently, commercial news programs, of necessity, focus on sensational and bad news items. What is the result of feeding in all this bad news? Does it make you feel better? I doubt it. Global news can bring us down, it can make us feel like the world is falling apart. Going from bad to worst.
Then, we all have those days when we have one bad bit of news after another. The car breaks down, your child is sick, your boss hand’s you a letter saying they are cutting back on jobs, your landlord says he has to put up the rent and so on. Then there are times when we feel we have nowhere to turn, the doctor says you’ve got a terminal illness, you spouse left you a note saying they have left you or your child has run away from home.
Have you ever found yourself at a point in life where you were so beaten and so discouraged that good news and encouragement were just nowhere to be found? Psalm 3, a lament Psalm that was written by King David. This Psalm is directly linked to 2 Samuel 15, where David is fleeing his son Absalom who is trying to kill him and take over the throne. It is one of only a few Psalms that ties a Psalm to a specific incident in the life of David.
The superscription, or the title above the actual Psalm, is called “The Lord Helps His Troubled People” In our lives we encounter troubles and difficulties and as a natural response we become discouraged and defeated. David certainly had reason to be discouraged and troubled by the turn of events he now found himself in.
Today God is sending a message to each of us through His servant, King David. He wants those of you that find yourselves with your heads hung and beaten by discouragement to lift up your head, because He is still God and still loves you and He is still in control.