Friday, January 22, 2021

When You Feel Surrounded by Enemies


Do you feel like you are surrounded by enemies? Whether they are enemies in the physical, mental, emotional, relational or spiritual realms, you may be overwhelmed when you feel surrounded.

Yet, this guided meditation on Psalm 3 can give you encouragement and peace. Let’s pause and carefully think it through today.

Psalm 3 NLT

A psalm of David, regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, I have so many enemies;
    so many are against me.
So many are saying,
    “God will never rescue him!” Interlude

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
    you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
I cried out to the Lord,
    and he answered me from his holy mountain. Interlude

I lay down and slept,
    yet I woke up in safety,
    for the Lord was watching over me.
I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies
    who surround me on every side.

Arise, O Lord!
    Rescue me, my God!
Slap all my enemies in the face!
    Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Victory comes from you, O Lord.
    May you bless your people. Interlude


Like many of David's psalms, this psalm was penned about a time David was pursued by his enemies.

This time, the situation was new, different, and painful.

David's son Absalom was at odds with him. He had gathered a following of supporters who wanted to dethrone David.

David's heart was broken--you can read the whole story in 2 Samuel 13-19.

Surely David felt surrounded and overwhelmed in this situation.

But David cried out to God for help. That’s what we need to do as well when we feel overwhelmed.

In this psalm, David calls God his shield, his glory, and the one who lifts his head high. These names of God and their powerful characteristics comforted David. You can find comfort in God’s names too – keep reading to the end of this post to learn more.

He took comfort knowing God was watching over him, even when his enemies were in pursuit. God’s loving presence gave David comfort. Embrace the comfort God gives you as you meditate on his loving gaze over you.

Sleep can be elusive when we feel overwhelmed. Yet David slept in peace, trusting God to care for him. As you lay down to sleep tonight, remember that God is in perfect control, surrounding you with his love.

David knew the powerful name of God mentioned so many times in the Old Testament: Lord of Heaven’s Armies. He knew God surrounded him not only with his loving presence, but with the guard of thousands upon thousands of unseen angels (see a glimpse of this HERE and HERE).

Will you also trust the Lord of Heaven’s Armies to protect you when you feel surrounded and overwhelmed? Will you thank him in advance for the victories he has already won for you?

Want a free printable of the names of God to give you peace? Check them out on my site HERE!

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