The Story of the Feared and Fearless
BY PASTOR MARC EIDAHL | BISMARCK CAMPUS PASTOR
“O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, ‘God will never rescue him!’” Psalm 3:1-2 (NLT).
Have you ever felt like David felt when he penned these words? His son Absalom had conspired against him and led a large and growing rebellion with him.
"And the conspiracy grew strong, for the people with Absalom continually increased in number," 2 Samuel 15:12b (NKJV).
The odds were heavily stacked against David. Then as the enemy's voice grew louder and louder, the most substantial word curse that could have been hurled at David came crashing at him: "God will never rescue him!"
For a man like David who was known for his ability to trust in God and not man, this was a devastating suggestion. God was always his only way out! Could it be true? Will God not rescue me this time? You can just hear how his own thoughts may have interacted with the enemy's suggestion. We all know because we've all been there! But look at what David does next:
"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," Psalm 3:3-4 (NLT).
We've all witnessed similar scenes dozens of times in battle movies. David's head is hung down, a sign of heaviness, discouragement, doubt, fear, and defeat. But then he remembers the words of God Himself. He remembers God's faithfulness. He remembers God's actions on his behalf in the past. Suddenly courage rises in his heart and he lifts his head.
I like to think that he quite possibly recited in this moment a song of ascents such as found in Psalm 121:1-8:
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.”
It's here that David realizes God's current involvement in his battle. Could it be that he even recalls the promise of Deuteronomy 28:7? "The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!"
He dismisses the lie that he is alone and courage is now reestablished in his heart as he confesses: "I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side,” Psalm 3:5-6 (NLT).
With his head now held up and his confidence in the Lord of Hosts rekindled, David gets off of his knees and cries out: "Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked. Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people,” Psalm 3:7-8 (NLT).
So rise up valiant one! You too shall see the Lord's victory in your life. Every promise listed here is straight from the Word of God, and is for you and applicable in whatever you may be facing.
We too must refuse to believe the enemy's lies. We too must not agree with fear when those feelings want to come. We too must realize that God will in fact fight our battles with us, through us, and for us! "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ," 1 Corinthians 15:57.