Psalm 3:1-8 – “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. 4 I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah 5 I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.  6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around. 7 Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.  8 Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people.” NKJV

In today’s world, the evil that is prevalent causes my heart to weep.  If I apply it to both the physical and spiritual it is incredibly arresting.  Truly, in today’s world evil is incredibly present and violence happening more and more frequently.  Many I know are afraid to venture out at night and some are fearful in their own homes and wonder if things will continue to get worse as the days go by.  Sadly, the answer is Yes it will but when you read this and realize that whether it is a demonic power from the devil’s army or a human being You Are Protected! 
I am not saying that no believer will ever be harmed by those with evil intent, but I am saying that if we read this and rest in it, we can have an incredibly calming peace come upon us.  Consider this Psalm:
·         Those who troubled David are increasing.
·         They have declared that he is without help and defenseless that even His God cannot help.
·         David looks heavenward and utters his declaration.
You are a shield to me.
You are my glory and the One who lifts my head.
You hear me.
I can and do lie down and sleep and when I awaken, I know you are there.
I will live without fear because Salvation belongs to You Lord and Your blessings upon your people.

Wow!  That is confidence and the confidence we should exhibit in Christ!  We know He promised to never leave us nor forsake us.  He promised to be there even to the end of the world.  He has sent His Spirit to guide us.  We have Heaven on our side!  That is powerful, calming, and comforting as well as emboldening.
I refuse to live in fear.  I refuse to become so dismayed at what is happening in the world I lose heart and/or faith.  I refuse to look to any source other than God!  He is the one who is a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head!   Hallelujah!
So, as you go through this day go in the confidence, comfort, and peace of the presence of the LORD Jesus Christ!   

Blessings as you go through your day!

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