A Horribly Bad Day – Psalm 3

Have any of you had a child who succeeded in turning your most trusted friends against you, breaking your family apart, taking everything you have–including your livelihood, and now seeks to end your life? There aren’t many of us who’ve had it worse than that. In Psalm 3 we read what King David said when this was happening to him.

“O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me ‘God will not deliver him.’ Selah. But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah” (Psalm 1:1-4 NIV).

I’m often amazed at how David turns his attention back to God no matter how bad things are. I see this all through the book of Psalms. He can be in the pits of depression and still say “I will yet praise him.” He never totally loses hope.

“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side” (verses 5-6).

Not only does he not lose hope, he can relax and sleep without fear when an army is preparing to take his life. My aim is to walk with God like that.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

*the story of King David and his son Absalom can be found in the book of 2 Samuel, chapters 3 through 18.

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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