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Have you ever felt that people were against you? Or things were all going wrong?

King David had that problem.

“Lord….many are they that rise up against me.

Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God.

But thou, O Lord, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”

“I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.

I laid me down and slept, I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.”

Written by King David Psalms 3:1-5

Sometimes people make fun of you or say things about you because you are a Christian, or you tell them you pray, or you tell them you will trust God to help you.

They laugh because they don’t believe God really helps people when they pray. They think praying is like “wishing”---that it really does not change things.

David said that the Lord was his shield. A shield is a large round metal plate that a soldier holds in front of him to keep arrows from hitting him.

Verse 3 God is our shield. When things come against us--God protects us.

The sharp words of people are like sharp “arrows” that come. Mean words, discouraging words, mean things people do--all these are like arrows coming at us. Sometimes it is just bad things happening to us.

God is our shield to protect us when these things come.

Paul said in the New Testament--Ephesians 6:16 that we have a shield of faith. Faith is a shield.

When we hold up “faith” when things come to us---those things cannot hurt us. Faith protects us.

Verse 3 God is our glory. We do not puff up ourselves and say we did it all by ourselves, but we give God the credit. We know God is the One who helps us.

Verse 3 God is the lifter of our head. God lifts our chin and helps us hold up our head.

When we are sad, or discouraged, or worried---our chin goes down--our heads hang down.

But God lifts up our head! He gives us hope. He helps us have faith. He helps us see that He loves us and He is for us.

Verse 4 God hears our cry. He knows our trouble. He hears our prayer.

Verse 5 David said that he laid down and slept. He did not stay up worrying. He did not stay awake being afraid. He laid down and slept.

He was safe. He trusted God to protect him. He trusted God to work out his problems.

God sustained him. That means God gave him what he needed to keep on going.

Faith in God is a shield for us. It protects us from giving up. It protects from harm.

God will lift up our head. God will help us sleep.

Call to the Lord. He will hear you.

Good-bye for now. I’ll write again.                                             Sincerely,    Joyce Webb









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