It had to have broken King David's heart. The enemy who sought to overthrow him and seize the kingdom was not some foreign king. It was not even a greedy stranger. It was his own son... Absalom.
I am certain that in addition to great sorrow, David was stunned. The enemy was his own son whom he loved and yet David knew that if he did not flee, his son would show him no mercy and he would probably be executed.
David wrote these words:
O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” Selah Psalm 3:1-2 (NIV)
David acknowledges that things are bad. Very bad. Enemies seem to be coming out of the woodwork and he has had to leave his home and his beloved city behind as he flees for his life. It is at this point that one would expect David to begin to talk about how God has abandoned him. You would think that he would be crying out, "God, where are you? Why have you forsaken me?" but that is not what happens.
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.
Psalm 3:3-6 (NIV)
The circumstances have not changed. David is still fleeing for his life. He is still grieving over the rebellion of his son. No miracle has taken place and yet David acknowledges that God is his shield. He cries to God and though nothing has changed, David declares that his cries have not fallen on deaf ears. God will protect and deliver him, someway, somehow.
Because David places his trust in God, he can lie down in peace and sleep. He recognizes that God sustains him and he has no reason to fear.
It isn't until verse seven that David cries out for deliverance.
Arise, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. Psalm 3:7(NIV)
David concludes by acknowledging that deliverance doesn't come from his own strength and power. It comes from God.
From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah
Psalm 3:8 (NIV)
Have you ever felt like you've been betrayed by a friend or family member? That hurts more than if it happened at the hand of a stranger. Sometimes this even happens with fellow Christians. We feel like David, heart-broken and bewildered. Why? Why is this happening to me? I was only trying to live right and yet now I am fleeing for my life.
Or you may have cried out to God and there is no answer. At least... you think there is no answer for often we're not listening.
This is when we must remember that regardless of our circumstances, there is a shield around us. The Shield of the Lord. He has not forsaken you, even if you cannot hear, see or touch Him. You are surrounded by His shield and one way or another, He WILL deliver you from your enemies.
I love Psalms and David -even he was on a roller coaster ride at times and even with all his faults and short comings God said of him "He is a man after my own heart"
What an encouragement!
I can't seem to get past Psalms these days. I just keep reading them over and over.