Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” – Psalms 3:2
Christianity, as you may have figured it out by now, is not insurance against pain or suffering. Christians do go through challenges and suffer trouble on one occasion or another. The good news, however, is that God promises to be with us during those difficult times and to see us through them. Never will He leave us nor forsake us! God himself has given this promise and we can therefore “take it to the bank” because God does not lie. However, due to human weakness, we do find ourselves battling with doubt, especially when we encounter problems. We question God’s faithfulness or even His love towards us. In Psalms 3, we encounter David in suffering. In verse two we see the phrase Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” Whether these people were his friends or foes we do not know but these voices very much resemble what runs in our minds whenever we are heavily afflicted by trouble. It’s the voice of doubt. It’s over, the voice says, or where is your God now? Whenever you encounter such a discouraging voice, either from within or without, whether from the devil or your own little faith, here are three things that we see David doing that we could emulate:
- Remind yourself of who God is and His promises – But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. (Psalms 3:3)
- Pray and petition God for help – I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. (Psalms 3:4)
- Trust that God has heard you and do not lose sleep over the issue – I lie down and sleep;I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. (Psalms 3:5-6)
For the sake of remembering, let’s summarize the three points above with three “P’s” : Promises, Pray, Peace. That’s how you fight doubt and discouragement whenever you are going through a trial. Remember that God is for you, and He has already done so much for you. If you want proof, look at the cross! If God did not spare His son but gave him up for you while you were still a sinner, how much more, now that you are a believer, is He able to give you all that you need (Romans 8:32)? Thank God for His promises. He will surely keep them for God does not lie. Pray and cast your burden to Him. Trust and wait on the Lord as you continue to thank Him for His promises and His goodness in your life so far.
By Pst.Sam Ithiga