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.
Matt 19:26 - Jesus: "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
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.
We all face troubles in life. Even a King as great as David too faces trouble. Psalm 3 was written out of such an experience.
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.
Psalm 3:3 - But you are a shield around me, O LORD;
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.
• Jesus to His disciples - Luke 21:18 But not a hair of your head will perish.
• Matt 10:29-31 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.
• No one bothers about you? You have a heavenly Father who cares!!!
Over a week from now will be Good Friday, Easter.
• If God can make such a sacrifice to SAVE you, He will CARE for you.
• If He does not care for you, He will not save you.
If He sacrifice so much to save you, He will care for you.
Two young kids Billy and Kay were at the amusement park. Their parents tell them they can explore the park by themselves but they must go together.
They were happy. Run from one ride to another. They felt they’ve grown up, they can do things on their own. They can take care of themselves. Buy things for themselves. Felt very independent. What freedom!
Finally they were to meet at the Main Entrance at 2pm. While waiting for their parents, they talked to one another - "Do you think I should tell Mom that I drop my $2 note?" Billy asked. "No," said Kay, "let’s not worry her."