Summary: Despite hardship and having to run for his life, David kept his faith in a good God and prayed for deliverance. His experience can be ours too, today.
For a believer, no ’dead end’ is really a dead end. It is so only from man’s point of view. If we believe in God, then we must believe that He can still make a way.
Isa 43:19 - See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
Hopelessness is no longer our portion. When we are at the END of our road and nowhere else to turn, we should LOOK UP. Turn to God in faith and trust Him, just as David did.
Even a King has to run for his life. Story in 2 Sam 15:
• He was running from his rebellious son Absalom, who formed a conspiracy against him.
• Imagine his own son and a few who served Him - turned against him
• Not only to take his throne, but most likely to kill him
• He was driven out of his palace, out of the royal city Jerusalem.
It was a grieving moment for him.
• It was not easy - 2 Sam 15:30 says he was weeping.
But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.
Verse 1 tells us David’s enemies were formidable - great in number.
• Enemies were so confident - they were saying, God will not deliver him.
• "God will not help you. God has deserted you. He no longer cares..."
Are you going to listen to the words of man, and believe what they say?
David did not believe the words of the enemies. He continues to believe in God.
• Even though the circumstance was bad - he did not give up on God.
• He knows God did not give him up!
David may be discouraged or sad, but he did not despair.
• We saw recently how a man gave up his life when he faced a huge difficulty.
you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
David refused to look at his dire circumstances or believe those words - He turned and professes his FAITH in God.
• "A shield around me" - whichever direction you come against me, God can protect me.
• "Let them say whatever they want, I know God is a shield for me."
Actually for the enemy to say "God will not deliver him" imply that they know David is a God-fearing man, one who trust God.
Indeed, the circumstance and their words did not knock down his faith.
Now, a shield was the great defensive tool in ancient times.
• It’s a man-to-man combat - shield is critical.
Not only is He a shield, He is a shield FOR me.
• Do you believe this? We have to believe this.
• Matt 10:29-31 (quickview)  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
And He lift up head up! He will be able to help me stand. Not pitiful and weak.