A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
¹ O LORD, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
² many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
³ But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
⁴ I cried aloud to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
⁵ I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
⁶ I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
⁷ Arise, O LORD!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
⁸ Salvation belongs to the LORD;
your blessing be on your people! Selah
Applying the text
- Do you feel to approach God with your pain, sorrow, or fears? Why or why not?
- What does it mean for God to be our shield? How has God been your shield in the past?
- In the sermon, Pastor Jon talked about bring the truth of the gospel to bear on our experiences. How does David do that in this Psalm? How does it transform him?
- What areas in your life do you currently need to bring the truth of the gospel to bear upon? How does presently believing the gospel transform your perspective on your current situations?