The psalmist had been counting his enemies, and saw them multiply before his eyes. No problem. In this corner is the LORD God. Watch what happens when he lands a punch. He can take them all on at once.
The psalmist has chosen who he will trust, and that choice stifled his urge to fear his enemies. It didn’t matter how many were choosing to stand against him, as long as he knew God was standing for him. Let the enemies pile up by the thousands. They will never outweigh God.
With the knowledge that his enemies are multiplying all around him, the psalmist declares his trust in God’s faithfulness by lying down and sleeping. The courage to rest in times of turmoil is either a sign of faith or a sign of insanity. You decide which it is for you.
Sometimes it takes awhile before the LORD responds, but he responds. It is better to be found waiting on the Lord’s responds than to be found worrying about our responses. Unless the Lord tells you something to do in prayer, just wait on him to make the first move.
The LORD provides protection (a shield), position (my glory), and encouragement (lifts the head). He does help, and his help is just what the worshippers need.
It is the psalmist’s enemies who are boasting that God is not providing the help he needs. That makes it a whole new conflict, because it is not about personal strength or morality. They are questioning God’s existence and compassion. They are saying that God has to put up or else the worshippers should shut up.
Sometimes when we pray, we are merely whining to God. That is okay; he’s a big God. He can take it. We should not be afraid to point out what we are dealing with. As long as we keep in mind the fact that we are never alone. He is here with us.
Many leaders today take great pains to get themselves in order with their political backers, but not enough trouble to get themselves squared away with Jesus. He is the friend we really need in a crisis.
The problem is often that we fail to believe that Jesus is powerful enough to destroy those who ignore him. He is.