TLIC Psalms. January 4. My Glory.

Read Psalm 3. 1O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” 3But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. 5I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 7Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 8Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people!

Psalm 3 was born out of one of the darkest times in David’s life. His own son and half the kingdom ofwas against him. A civil war was raging. And worst of all many were saying that the Lord had left David behind – “There is no salvation for him in God.”

Have you ever doubted your own salvation? Have your own difficult circumstances ever made you wonder if all of this God and Jesus stuff is even true? Is God really with me? For me?

In his time of distress, David chose to double down on God. God will be my shield. God will be my glory. God will be the lifter of my head. God will sustain and save me. God will strike down my enemies.

For David, nothing short of full victory will do. David was called to be king, chosen and anointed by God, and promised a house and a throne forever. God’s past covenant with David ensured the future outcome. God will be faithful. God’s blessing will be on his people!

Can we say the same in Christ? Yes, we can. Called. Anointed. Protected. Lifted. Justified. Glorified. Sanctified. This is our destiny in him. Nothing short of full victory will do. And Jesus has won that victory for us on the cross. The cross is where he took the place of God’s enemies (you and me). At the cross Christ was surrounded. At the cross Jesus he was struck on the cheek and his teeth were broken. Why? So that you and I might share his glory forever. So that you and I might receive all of his blessings today.

To live is Christ is to face every difficulty and every distress from within God’s glory shield of our eternal victory in Jesus.

Prayer. Jesus, I am facing many troubles today, but you are my glory. You have lifted my head. Surround me with your faithful love today. Amen.  

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