Psalm 3:1-3 (NKJV) Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. 2 Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah 3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.

David is forced to leave Jerusalem, and it grieved his heart. For many people have turned against him. And they were led by Absalom his son who rebelled against him and sought to kill him. David had become a fugitive from his own city. The people accused him of doing wrong before God. And that God had forsaken him. Yes, David did sin, and God would disciple him for his sins. But God did not leave him. God graciously forgave David and restored him, but David had to face the consequences of his sin. And it is in Absalom’s rebellion that God does it. David fled from Jerusalem barefoot and weeping, and it looked like there was no help for him at all. But God did not leave David. We ought to be thankful that we have a merciful God who is full of grace. God graciously forgave David, and He will forgive me and He will forgive you when we come to Him in repentance. But this does not mean that we will not face the consequences of our sin. And it does not mean that God will not discipline us. David was disciplined by God through the consequences of his sin. And we are disciplined by God in the same manner. We are to take notice of this. We are to listen to God’s Word concerning sin, forgiveness, consequences and discipline. Stop, look and listen my friend to the Word of God. In verse 3, David gets his eyes off his enemies, and he focuses his eyes on God. And it changes everything. David realizes that God has not forsaken him. Rather God is his shield, his protector and source of glory. God has not left him. Rather God is the One who lifts up his head. God is his redeemer. My friend, even when we are being disciplined by God, He is still our protector. Through it all God encourages us and lifts us up. So that when all is said and done, we can stand with honor, dignity and vindication in Christ Jesus our Redeemer.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.