Has anyone asked God a question only to wait around for a response?
There are many raw moments between God’s people and Himself written throughout the book of Psalms. I get a fresh glimpse of a failed human race desperately seeking a perfect and just God when I read the Psalms. The real beauty of the Psalms is God’s responses to His people when they cry out to Him. It never fails, His action in responding to His people is consistent throughout every chapter. It is almost as if God is who He says He is.
Hi, my name is Chet Bergeron, and I am the Pastor at Buffalo Baptist Church in Buffalo Junction, Virginia. I am from South Louisiana, where I learned to eat, fish, and eat some more. The culture here is uncannily close to the culture I am used to in the South. Most of you know who I am, but since I am now writing from BBC I wanted to give a quick intro.
Like you, I have been in some tough places during this interesting life. Maybe one day I’ll write a book and document it all so it can be told. I have witnessed the presence of the Almighty in remarkable ways, and I have walked in extremely dry deserts wondering where God was.
1 LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. 5 I lie down to sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. 7 Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
1. God is pursuing you no matter the mess you are in. (vv.1-2)
In verses 1-2, David is declaring to God what God already knows. This speaks of David’s intimate relationship with God. Here we see the writer use “God” or “Elohim”. This means that David is speaking of the covenant-keeping aspect of God’s character. God promised David the kingship and he is remembering that promise at this moment for what seems to be a separation between him and God.
This means God keeps His promises no matter what we are going through. First, God kept His promise about a Savior to save us from our sins. Second, He promised to give us new life by The Holy Spirit. Since God is who He says He is and does what He says He will do, doesn’t this mean we can take hope in Him above any trial in life?
2. God shields and answers us when we call. (vv.3-4)
In the lifting of our heads, He gives a fresh perspective, even renewed energy to do His will. When He picks us off the ground because of our feeble attempts to better ourselves, He shows His favor over us as His children by answering when we call. “I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from His Holy mountain.”
Keep in mind that David’s own son, Absalom, was chasing him down to kill him. I can only imagine the grief and heartache David was going through at this time. The pain was so intense that David doesn’t even mention Absalom’s name in this lament to God.
3. Are you losing sleep over worry or anxiety? Listen to David. (vv.5-6)
David literally said, “I go to sleep in peace and wake up even though someone is searching to end my life because the LORD sustains me.” I mean, wow, can you say that? If someone was chasing you with chariots, swords, and arrows, would you be able to sleep peacefully?
David’s trust was in God and he felt comfortable enough to bring these concerns to God. Do you feel comfortable enough to bring the little things to God like you bring big things? David will not fear because “Elohim” the covenant-keeping God will protect David as his work was not done.
4. Arise, Jehovah! Deliver me, my Elohim! (vv.7-8)
I have to point out that David is asking God to punch his enemies in the face and break their jaws. This refers to hand and hand combat during this time. David is so close to God that he implores God as a best friend to punch his enemies. Look, no matter what you think, that’s incredibly cool.
He asks the just and righteous character of God to raise him, and the covenant-keeping God to deliver him as promised. Not only does he implore his emotions to God in this moment, but he prays for others.
Leave With This:
- We serve a righteous, but yet a loving promise-keeping God.
- Go to Him in a real and raw way right now asking for His help.
- Your enemies are God’s enemies if they are going against His will.
- Trust God in this moment and the moments to come.