[[A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.]] LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many [are] they that rise up against me.
Many [there be] which say of my soul, [There is] no help for him in God. Selah.
But thou, O LORD, [art] a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set [themselves] against me round about.
Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies [upon] the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Salvation [belongeth] unto the LORD: thy blessing [is] upon thy people. Selah.
How wonderful is knowing that you have God’s protection if you are known by Him! Here, David is fleeing from his son, Absolom, who is trying to wrest the kingdom from him. David, having trusted YWHW from his youth, when he fought the lion and the bear as a young shepherd, and saw God’s deliverance through countless campaigns and persecutions, recounts the Lord’s faithfulness to him and then prays for continued deliverance.
David’s trust in the Lord is evident. No matter what force rises against him, he trusts. Though the enemy would tell him that there is no hope for him in God, he trusts. Though tens of thousands rise up against him, he trusts. What is he trusting in? God had annointed him King of Israel when he still a very young man. God had never rescinded that annointing and appointment. David knew that, until a prophet of God announced his loss of the kingdom, he was secure in it and his life. King David trusted in the Word of God.
In today’s world we have that same sure Word of God preserved for us. We can faithfully trust in what God has promised us regarding salvation and eternal life. His word is true, it is sure, it is tested over thousands of years.
Read it, live it, trust it.