When Enemies Increased

“O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me.

So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!’ ”

This is the opening of Psalm 3 written by King David about three thousand years ago when he was hunted down by his son, Absalom, who was trying to take over the throne of Israel.

How many times have I found myself in this poem?

The enemies are not only cancer. Sometimes our lives unfold in totally unexpected ways and we face troubles one after another.

Before I knew Jesus, I was seeking protection from such situations in money, psychology, or even charms and fortunetelling.

“But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.”

Hiding from cave to cave, and being overwhelmed by the numbers of approaching enemies, David clung to God—I imagine.

“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.”

Instead of giving up, David received hope, encouragement, and strength.

After I found Jesus, I, too, learned to escape to and depend on only God.

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. “ (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

“Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” ( Isaiah 26:4)

Being encouraged by these verses,

I pray like David;

“ 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. “

King David

Michelangelo’s David statue

One thought on “When Enemies Increased

  1. Kathy,
    Such an inspirational and beautiful blog, Kathy. The Lord watches over us at all times and gives us strength in all situations. What a timely reminder.
    Thank you for sharing this. Susan

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