READ Psalm 3.
1 LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”
3 But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
7 Arise, LORD! Deliver me, 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.
Read the psalm portion twice slowly. Then ask three questions and write out your answers:
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
🔹The Lord is a shield around me, my glory, my deliverer, the one who lifts my head high and my protection and provider for all these things I praise his holy name.
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹That I am not mindful often enough of all the benefits provided by my God, even in my sin and shame he provides salvation #Immanuel – God is with us; redeems us and lifts our heads up high.
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹To be like Davis and wake up in the morning Praise the Lord, trusting the Lord, asking the Lord to bless others.
Once you have answered these three questions, you have your own meditation on the psalm. Now read the meditation in the book and incorporate its insights into your journal notes. Finally, turn your meditation—already categorized as adoration, confession, and aspiration—into personal prayer, using the provided “on-ramp” prayer as well. This will take you into the deep level of wisdom and insight the psalms can provide. – Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“
PEACE AMID DANGER. David’s son Absalom was trying to kill him. The seeds of that family dysfunction are David’s own fault. He had wanted Absalom’s love so much he never corrected him, even when Absalom murdered one of his brothers. Now David is fleeing to save his own life. In this prayer he realizes that neither a son’s love nor popular acclaim can serve as a person’s worth or security. David relocates his glory and hope to God and finds peace despite danger. God is the only one who sustains you, whether an army is pursuing you or you are at home in your own bed. God sustains every breath you take.
Prayer: Lord and Savior, I am facing so many troubles, some of my own making. But I can hold my head up because I am your child and servant. So be my shield—protect me. And be my glory—give me confidence that you are with me and will bring me through this. Help me! Amen…no matter what comes my way, you lift my head, you remind me again my hope Christmas news from the Lord.