Arise, O Lord…
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
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.
Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God!
The enemy has you surrounded, your ammunition is depleted. You have been abandoned, it is you against the “mongrel hordes”. Have you ever felt this way? Perhaps, you have been awakened in the middle of the night, panicked by this very nightmarish dream. What do you do? Where do you go for help? To whom do you turn?
The Psalm has this note at the beginning, “A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son, Absalom”. David was betrayed and abandoned (read the story in 2 Samuel 15). He was running for his life. While on the run, he paused to pray. The words, found in verses 6-7a, “I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, Lord! Deliver me, My God!” His only hope, his one defender, was GOD!
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