2 Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." "Selah"
3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. "Selah"
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
6 I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.
7 Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.
8 From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. "Selah"
Pray before you read: “Open your word to me. Breathe the breath of the Spirit upon it and release life changing revelation, Lord.”
1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!
In life we face times of uncertainty, opposition, competition and even outright hostility. There are people who don’t like you or feel threatened by you or dishonour you and want what you possess. We all want to be liked by everyone but it isn’t possible.
In this psalm the Lord is giving us the course of action to take in such situations. He says after each step “Selah”. Selah is a Hebrew word that is not translated into English. It means to lift up or exalt. Selah is a technical musical term probably showing accentuation, pause, or interruption. When you see this word in scripture pause and let your thoughts exalt the Lord for He is more than able to deliver you from all situations.
The first step when facing adversity is verse 3. Remember He is my protection. The shield that surrounds me is His favour. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
The second step is verse 4. Cry out to God. It is amazing how many believers cry out firstly to friends or professionals like doctors or to medications. When a trial comes upon you, call out to God. Why? Because He answers your cry!
The third step is verse 5. Relax and stop fretting and worrying! This verse says I lie down and sleep. Anxiety and stress rob people of sleep. They lie awake fretting all night, searching for a solution or replaying every conversation. If you have followed steps 1 and 2, you will have the peace that passes all understanding as Paul wrote in Philippians 4.
The fourth step is verse 6. Don’t succumb to fear. Fear steals faith and releases unbelief. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Remember He is a rewarder of those who believe in Him and earnestly seek Him. (Heb. 11:6) God doesn’t respond to need, He responds to your faith. For that reason the first step in dealing with stress and anxiety is remembering who God is and what He will do for you. Hence the admonition to “selah”, stop and think about how mighty is our God. Spend time praising Him for He is your deliverer.
The fifth step is verses 7 and 8. God is our avenger. Romans 12:19 states: “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.” He will be your vindication. Keep your thoughts pure and focused on the Lord. He will deal with your foe appropriately and in His time and His way. Keep a pure heart before Him and He will bless you.
Prayer: “Lord, thank you that in the midst of adversity you are my protection and deliverer. You hear my cries and you answer me. I bless and exalt your Holy Name. Help me by your Spirit to fill my mouth with praise and to rest in you. Amen.”