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PSALM 3

I want to listen to Your words rather
than people’s opinions.
Psa 3:1 (NIV) A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom. O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!

Dear Heavenly Father, there are times when friends let us down. They are people we trusted and gave our heart to. These people hurt us the most because they are people we love and we thought loved us. The question keeps coming in my mind: “How can they love me and treat me like they do?” I wonder what is wrong with me that even my friends turn against me. When my friends turn on me, it seems as though others do the same. Help me not see all this as a group decision. Help me to take each person and each issue before You individually.


Psa 3:2 (NIV) Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” Selah (pause and think about this situation)

My friend thinks they are justified in their behavior. They may be thinking that they represent Your truth. They think You will not help me because I don’t deserve Your miraculous help. And, that is true. I don’t deserve Your help. But, Your grace makes Your help a sure thing in my life. Help me not to agree with them concerning Your help. I can’t live without Your deliverance.


Psa 3:3 (NIV) But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

This answer of deliverance isn’t about my being worthy. It is about Your great love, grace, and mercy. You are my complete protection from the hurtful words, actions, and attitudes that are coming against me. I feel Your love. I know You care for me. Your opinions mean a lot more to me than ten thousand people. As long as You are my shield around me, I can survive any attacks people make against me. Not only will I survive, I will experience Your glory on me. I will bask in the greatness of Who You are. You and Your glory are enough of a relationship to make up for any and all friends who turn against me. Because of Your blessings on my life, I can feel You lifting my head up from depression, sadness, discouragement, frustration, feelings of defeat, feelings of rejection, and loneliness.


Psa 3:4 (NIV) To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah (pause and think about this truth)

It is great being able to come to You will all of my problems. I know You always understand and have the power to heal me. I am crying out to You not just to complain. I am crying out to You so as to be healed. I am coming to You, not because I want something bad to happen to them.
I am approaching You for deliverance from all feelings of unforgiveness and desires for revenge. Help me to be healed of all resentment and help me to forgive. I know You have heard me and are answering me from heaven.


Psa 3:5 (NIV) I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

I believe You will heal my swirling thoughts. You will help me to stop thinking about what has happened to me. You will give me rest and peaceful sleep. I lie down with complete trust in You. I know You will take care of the whole situation without me worrying about it. I put the matter into Your hands and refuse to take it back again. I know You will be able to do a better job than I can. I rest in the knowledge that You are all wise and all powerful. I know You will get the job done.


Psa 3:6 (NIV) I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.

God, not one or ten thousand can bring enough against me to exceed the freedom You have provided. Your love is greater than ten thousand that hate me. Your forgiveness is greater that ten thousand that hold me guilt. Your blessings are greater than ten thousand that wish evil to happen to me. Your acceptance means more to me than ten thousand who reject me. You are all I need.


Psa 3:7 (NIV) Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.

For those who will not turn from their wicked activities against me, bring them down. You have called me to be used for Your glory to help the needy. You have made me an instrument for You to bless Your people. If my enemies take me down, I won’t be able to do the ministry You have called me to do. If they persist in trying to stop me and the ministry You have called me to, then destroy the weapons they are trying to use against me. I not only ask this for me; but, for all Your people. Destroy those who try to destroy them. Your work must not be hindered in the slightest. Take away the power and influence of the wicked on all the earth.


Psa 3:8 (NIV) From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah (pause and think about this truth)

We, Your people, look to You for all our needs. You are our deliverer. We only survive by means of all Your blessing on us. We can’t live without them. Pour out great blessings on all of us. Help us to share those blessings with one another and with the needy of this world. May Your blessings be on all Your people, mighty God.

I ask all of this in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.





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