Do you ever feel overwhelmed by enemies? Like you’re the underdog in the circumstances you find yourself in? The psalmist did: “Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’” (Psalm 3:1-2).
Sometimes the circumstances, whether through no fault of our own, or even through our own fault, appear daunting and overwhelming. The thought comes, God cannot save me from this. But as the psalmist reflects on feeling outnumbered by his enemies, he voices, “But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high” (v. 3).
The biblical writers repeatedly describe God as one who answers those who cry to Him: “I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain” (v. 4). God is near to those who cry out to Him. He is not impotent, nor is He far off. Nor is He intimidated by overwhelming odds.
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed within your life, I’m sure that during those moments sleep has left you. Through dark nights, you lay awake tossing and turning as you wrestle with your circumstances, possibly overcome with fear. The psalmist recognized that God sustained him; therefore, he says, “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me” (v. 5; emphasis added). He continues, “I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side” (v. 6).
He does not ignore his circumstances or problems. They are still there, even when he wakes. Yet, the realization that God sustains him allows him to sleep, and he finds himself fearless in facing those set against him. He understands that he is not alone, and the God who is on his side will deliver him: “From the Lord comes deliverance” (v. 8).
The expression of the psalmist is not “the power of positive thinking;” his circumstances are real and dire. He recognizes, however, that God is on his side, and He will deliver him. When overwhelming circumstances confront us, do we allow worry and fear to consume us? Or, do we realize that God is with us, and He will deliver us?
Father, today we call to You. Deliver us from those things that threaten to overwhelm us for Your glory. Amen.