The Lord Is Watching Over Me

5 I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.
Psalm 3:5 (NLT)

Psalm 3 is on King David’s prayers when he was running away from the armies of his son, Absalom. Absalom wanted to seize his father’s throne and managed to raise a huge army that had taken over the palace. David managed to run away with his loyal followers and was pursued by Absalom’s forces. I suspect Absalom must have offered a huge reward for anyone who offered information leading to David’s capture.

So, David was in a very desperate condition. His priority was to survive and ran as far away as possible from his enemies. At that time, there was no indication on how long he could even survive, let alone regain his throne. He lost his kingdom and his power base to his son, Absalom. However, David still had something that can never be stolen or lost – his relationship with God. He prayed.

God had chosen to record his prayers for our benefits. What can we benefit from this prayer? I am sure many of us have read about and watched the lifestyles of the rich and successful people. Most of the time, we can only witness how rich they are, how they are enjoying their lives and how we wished we were in their shoes. We may even get the wrong impression that these people are just plain lucky. They just had everything going smooth for them. They never had any of the problems that we faced.

The truth is, these rich and successful people have their share of challenges in their lives. The main difference is they do not give up. They do not allow their problems to beat them down. Instead they chose to overcome their problems and turned them into opportunities for their success and prosperity. This is why I like to read true stories about people who overcome the odds. I want to be another one of them.

The Bible has stories of similar nature. The story of King David shows us how he moved from rags to riches, overcome various trials and ended with a legacy for us. In Psalm 3, we have a glimpse on how David prayed when there was no hope in the natural for him to survive and be restored to his throne. If you happen to be in a situation where you are doomed for failure and there is no visible source of hope available, I suggest you read this article carefully and learn from David.

It begins with the acknowledgement of the problem.

1 O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me.
2 So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!”
Psalm 3:1-2 (NLT)

David was not in denial. Neither should we. Being in denial or pretending that the problems do not exist will not cause the problems to go away. A lot of people turned to alcohol and got drunk for this reason. Getting drunk can cause people to temporary forget their problems. However, the moment they got sober the problem was there again. So, denial will not help us overcome our problems. Face the truth. If you are sick, you are sick. If you are poor, you are poor. We can never improve if we are afraid of facing the truth. Facing the truth of our problems is the first step to the solution.

Next, David acknowledged that his God is greater than the problems he faced and therefore the solution to his problems.

3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
Psalm 3:3 (NLT)

He called God his shield. Shields protect. When David was faced with attacks from his enemies, God was his shield. When he faced insults and humiliations, God was his glory. When David lacked the courage to fight on, God was the one who held his head high. God was everything David needed him to be in the time and place he needed.

The same applies to us. When we face attacks, God is our protector. When we are poor, God is our provider. When we are sick, God is our healer. When we are discouraged, God is our encourager. No matter what type of situation we are in or how bad it turns out to be, God can be anything we need him to be. The question here is, whether you are willing to trust in him and cry out to him for his deliverance. David did that.

4 I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain.
Psalm 3:4 (NLT)

Please note that when David cried out to the Lord, he was sure that the Lord will answer him. David was not dwelling in theology that says maybe God will answer you. He was certain. Religious people will tell us that sometimes God’s answer can be “no” for some theological reasons like God wants us to be poor, sick and be killed. However, the context of this psalm says the opposite. David prayed with the certainty of God’s faithfulness in delivering him from his troubles despite the absence of physical evidence available to him.

God answered from his holy mountain. Why “holy mountain”? The term “holy” implies that God cannot lie. He will deliver us as he promised. I have a religious person reminding me that God is not our servant or butler and he is not obligated to obey all our demands. This is the common impression of religious people have on us Christians. They think our prayers are insulting to God. Here is my answer to such impression:

1. God is not our servant or butler. God is our God who answers all our prayers.

2. God is not obligated to obey all our demands. God is holy and he is a person of integrity. As such, he is obligated to keep all he promises. He promised to give us anything we ask for in prayers if we believe we receive them.

Therefore, God’s holiness is a guarantee to us that he will always be here for us to deliver us. The term “mountain” implies a high ground. God is always above our problems. This means God is both able and willing to help us to overcome our problems. The only variable is whether we are willing to ask him.

What will you do after you prayed? Will you still be worried? If you are still worried, it means you do not believe in God’s faithfulness to deliver you. You are calling God a liar. David trusted in God.

5 I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.
6 I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.
Psalm 3:5-6 (NLT)

He slept and woke up with the assurance of his safety. He was sure the Lord was watching over him. In fact, even if he finds himself surrounded by ten thousand enemies, he would not be afraid because he was sure his God is greater than all his enemies. This is a great example for us all. Our prayers will not work unless we believe we receive. We need to pray in faith. The greatest evidence that we have prayed in faith is the peace in our hearts. We are no longer anxious. We are not worried. We can sleep soundly and expect a great day ahead. Even if we find ourselves facing our enemies, we will not be afraid because we know that he who is in us is greater than he who is in this world.

7 Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
8 Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people.
Psalm 3:7-8 (NLT)

Sounds like David had already declared his victory even though he was physically running away at that time. He prayed in faith. He believed he received when he prayed. If you read about his story, you will find that he regained his throne. Prayers are useless unless we believe we receive what we asked for in prayers.

The worst way we can pray is to pray begging prayers. Don’t pray like you begging God as though he may not want to give you what you ask for. Such prayers will not work. Pray with faith that God is faithful and he will keep his promise in giving you what you ask for.


2 Responses to “The Lord Is Watching Over Me”

  1. cybeRanger Says:

    Thanks for such an awesome post. 🙂

  2. mantael Says:

    thank you for reminding us that God is in controll, i really needed this and have a friend that i will share this with also

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