but you, O LORD, are a shield about me

Psalms 3:3 (ESV)

3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.

King David, the author of this psalm, is fleeing from his son Absalom (2 Samuel 15:13).

Naturally, he cries out to his LORD to save him. To shield him from his enemies.

It doesn’t surprise me that we too, like David, often turn to God when we are most vulnerable. When we are at our weakest. Seeking comfort and solace and protection.

And this is a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with relying upon Him who is our creator and our sustainer (1 Corinthians 1:8).

Yet we should also seek Him when times are good. Thankful for our many blessings. Grateful for the gift of faith in Christ Jesus.

For it’s our “faith” that ultimately shields us from “the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16).

Kim+

prayer : LORD, Father, please “deliver me from evil” (Matthew 6:13)

action : trust God to “strengthen” my faith and shield me in times of trouble (Romans 16:25)

blessed are all who take refuge in him

Psalms 2:11-12 (ESV)

11 Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

At first glance you may be forgiven for thinking that God wants to cajole and scare us.

After all we’re instructed, nay commanded, to “fear” Him.

But it doesn’t mean we have to literally be frightened.

Rather, we’re to hold him in esteem. To be in awe of Him. To marvel at His wonder and His might and His majesty. The way you would and should any sovereign.

Especially one as benevolent as God.

And this mark of a believer is to be apparent when we “serve” and when we “rejoice”.

When we love our neighbours and when we sing God’s praises.

It’s an attitude of admiration and devotion and respect. For who God is and what He has done.

For He has blessed us beyond comprehension.

Not with money and houses and worldly possessions.

But instead, by saving us from His “anger” and His eternal “wrath”.

For He is our refuge in times of trouble.

On Him we can depend on like no other.

Kim+

prayer : thank you LORD for your steadfast love

action : trust that God will uphold and protect me

blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalms 1:1-2 (ESV)

The Psalmist is making it clear there are two types of people: the wicked and the righteous.

There’s no middle ground. No fence sitting. No hedging one’s bets.

And how is the righteous man distinguished from the wicked?

His “delight is in the law”. God’s good “law” (1 Timothy 1:8).

On the other hand, the wicked “scoff” at God’s “law”.

The repercussions are quite extreme.

The righteous will “yield fruit” and “prosper”. The wicked, on the other hand, will not get to enjoy the presence of the LORD but “will perish”.

These are weighty issues that have eternal consequences.

Kim+

prayer : help me LORD to be diligent in reading my Bible daily

action : diarise daily quiet times