Topic — God: The Lifter Of My Head
[DCLM Daily Manna 6 February 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Psalm 3:1-8
1 (A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.) LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
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“Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” – (Psalm 3:2,3)
A missionary challenged a man for mocking the name of Jesus somewhere in northern Nigeria. The man went to a police station and told officers that he had found the chief of all kidnappings and thefts in the state. The policemen were interested and arrested the missionary. The man also summoned all his brothers to lynch the missionary outside the station, in case the police freed him. After interrogation, they discovered that the missionary was innocent. But the crowd were still outside the station with stones and spears. Two policemen asked the missionary to follow in-between them. The missionary was afraid of going through the crowd, but God gave him courage. He eventually passed through them without anyone seeing him. The moment he got into the waiting police van, the eyes of the persecutors were opened. But it was too late; the missionary had gone.
On many occasions, King David ceaselessly extolled the beauty of trusting the Lord and depending on Him entirely. He knew what trusting Him meant, having had victory over the enemies of His people. This time, though, his enemy was his son, Absalom, who conspired with some of his father’s trusted allies to take over the throne. Unfortunately for the king’s enemies, God was close to lift his head and shield him.
There are times when it seems that the enemy is shooting from all sides. The shots can be in the form of sickness, missed opportunity, childlessness or danger. But like David, do not be afraid of ten thousands of the enemies. We are more than conquerors through Him that loves us (Romans 8:37).
In all situations, you should rely on God regardless of the size of the challenge confronting you. Sooner than later, you will rejoice if you do not faint or give up.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Trust the Creator, not the creature.
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