Be Strong in the Lord
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Psalm 3: 3 (KJV)
3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
God is our Refuge and Strength, a present Help in time of need!
Here we find that David employs language full of confidence, in opposition to the hardihood and profane scoffings of his enemies, and testifies that whatever they may say, he would nevertheless rely upon the word of God. It besides appears that he had previously entertained an assured hope of deliverance, from the circumstance of his here making no mention of his present calamity as a chastisement inflicted upon him by the hand of God; but rather depending upon the divine aid, he courageously encounters his enemies, who were carrying on an ungodly and wicked war against him, seeing they intended to depose a true and lawful king from his throne. In short, having acknowledged his sin before, he now takes into consideration only the merits of the present cause. And thus it becomes the servants of God to act when molested by the wicked. Having mourned over their own sins, and humbly betaken themselves to the mercy of God, they ought to keep their eyes fixed on the obvious and immediate cause of their afflictions, that they may entertain no doubt of the help of God when undeservedly subjected to evil treatment. Especially when, by their being evil entreated, the truth of God is opposed, they ought to be greatly encouraged, and glory in the assurance that God without doubt will maintain the truth of his own promises against such perfidious and abandoned characters. Had it been otherwise with David, he might seem to have claimed these things to himself groundlessly, seeing he had deprived himself of the approbation and help of God by offending him.
David was a military man, and often alludes to military affairs; and borrows words from thence, expressive of his great security from the Lord; Psalm 18:2. So Jehovah the Father was a shield to Christ, in his infancy, from Herod’s rage and fury; and afterwards from the insults of the Pharisees, and their attempts to take away his life before the time; and in his sufferings and death, so as that his faith and confidence in him were kept up, and he got the victory over sin, Satan, and the world; Psalm 22:9. And the Lord is a shield unto all his people, Genesis 15:1. They are kept by His power, and encompassed about with His favor, as with a shield; His veracity and faithfulness in His promises, and truth, are their shield and buckler: and especially His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the shield which faith makes use of, particularly his blood and righteousness, and salvation by him; which it holds up, and defends itself with, against the charges of the law, the accusations of conscience, and the temptations of Satan; and which are a security from the justice of God, and wrath to come.
While, according to Psalms 3:1 and Psalms 3:2, the earth presented to the Psalmist nothing but trouble and danger, a helper in the heavens appears to his eye of faith. He comforts himself in God, to whom he looks as his Savior in all troubles and dangers, to whom he owed his high elevation, and who always hears his prayers. Man may deny him His help, but yet he sees in what God had already done for him a sure pledge of what he might still expect.
Therefore others, and in his own mind, he may seem forsaken and alone; but before God, and in His spirit, he is encompassed with a great host, and is neither forsaken, nor alone, as Christ said to His disciples, John 16:32, ‘Lo the hour cometh, yea is now come, that ye shall be scattered every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.’
However impotent and oppressed we might seem in the eyes of men, before God, and in the spirit, we are the strongest and the mightiest; insomuch that we can boasts of God’s power with the utmost confidence and security, like Paul, who could say, ‘When I am weak, then I am strong.’
Have a Great and God filled Day