This month's Lesson from the Psalms comes from Psalm 3. But first:
Interesting facts From the Book of Psalms:
Last month we learned that the book of Psalms is actually a
compilation of songs, written by many different authors over many
hundreds of years. An interesting fact about the Psalms for this month
is this: It is believed the songs were compiled into their existing
order during the lifetime of Ezra in the fourth century BC. We do not
know why this order was chosen. All we know is that it was not assembled
based on author or chronology, for the songs of the different writers
are intermixed throughout the entire collection.
Over the past 8
months, we have looked at eight individual Psalms and how these powerful
songs can empower us, rendering our prayer life stronger and increasing
our faith. Today's lesson comes from
Psalms 3, a Psalm of David, from
them time period when David fled from his son, Absalom. This Psalm
provides us with an excellent model for spiritual warfare:
Step 1: Recognizing the enemy...
Lord, I have so many enemies;
so many are against me.
So many are saying,
'God will never rescue him!'"
(vs. 1-2 NLT)
We've all been there. Perhaps we are there right
We need to remember that though our enemies may appear to
be of flesh and blood, or they may seem to be circumstantial in
nature--disease, death, financial difficulties, loss of home or job,
etc.--our deadliest enemy is spiritual in nature: "For we are not
fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and
authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark
world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places." (Eph. 6:12
NLT). These spiritual forces orchestrate and coordinate the problems and
trials of life, using them to weaken us for the full-force attacks of
doubt, unforgiveness, discouragement, depression, anxiety, fear,
control, etc. Is it any wonder we feel so overwhelmed, so beaten up, so
defeated? Is it any wonder we cry out, like David of old, "O Lord, I
have so many enemies; so many are against me" (Ps. 3:1 NLT)?
The first powerful lesson is this: We must recognize that the
true enemy behind what we are going through is the enemy of our
1 Peter 3:8-9, etc)!
Step 2: Recognizing God's power...
"But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
you are my
glory, the one who holds my head high.
I cried out to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy mountain." (vs. 3-4 NLT)
Once we have recognized the true nature of our enemy, we need to
remember that Christ has already defeated the devil: "For
only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the
power of the devil, who had the power of death." (Heb. 2:14b NLT.
1 John 3:8,
Col. 1:13, etc). We must remember
that in Him, we have access to God's power, for God is our
refuge and strength (Ps.
Deut. 33:27, etc.). He is
our shield (see
2 Sam. 22:3, etc.) He is
our glory (see
Is. 60:19). When we cry out to
Him, He answers us (see
1 John 5:14,
1 Peter 3:12, etc)!
second powerful lesson about spiritual warfare from these next two
Psalms 3 is that in our time of
trouble, we need to recognize God's love, power, strength and
Part 3: Lesson in
"I lay down and slept,
yet I woke up
for the Lord was watching over me.
not afraid of ten thousand enemies
who surround me on
every side." (vs. 5-6 NLT)
After we recognize who the real
enemy is and we remind ourselves of God's supremacy and love, the next
step is to put our unwavering faith in the Solution-Giver.
easy enough to say we trust God, but the real test is this: Will we lay
down 'in the back of the boat', so to speak, and 'go to sleep'? Will we
have the confidence that we don't need to do anything, for the Lord is
watching over us? Will we have that peace that allows us to sleep during
spiritual warfare? This is the kind of faith God seeks, and it is the
third powerful lesson on spiritual warfare that
Psalms 3 has to teach us: Our
faith in God should be so unfailing that we can literally sleep in
peace knowing that God is watching over us and knowing that there is no
need to fear the 10,000s of enemies surrounding us!
Lesson Four: Taking action...
Rescue me, my God!
Slap all my enemies in the
Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
from you, O Lord.
May you bless your people." (vs.
When we put our unwavering trust in the Solution-Giver,
the One who has already defeated the enemy, then we can rise up with
confidence, knowing our prayer will be answered. We can in faith call
out to God: "Arise...Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the
face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked!" for we are assured that,
"Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people."
Whatever it is you're going through right now, why not take
these important steps outlined in
1. Recognize the
2. Recognize God's love and supremacy;
3. Put your total
faith in Him;
4. Rise up in the power of Jesus' name and claim
Next, take a few moments to pray
Psalms 3 over your current
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
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