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Message of the Day: God Sustains Us Day and Night

Text: Psalm 3:1-8

Key Verse: Psalm 3:3

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head
.” (NKJV)

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Psalm 3 and 4 are called as the morning and evening psalms. It was widely believed that David wrote the psalm after his son Absalom rose up in rebellion against him and grabbed the throne of Israel. The two psalms are linked by references to glory and to the psalmist’s sleep at night. David speaks of the assurance of his waking in the morning because the Lord will keep him while he sleeps; he speaks of the inner quietness with which he goes to sleep because of the Lord’s care. This juxtaposition of prayers and with reference to waking (morning) and sleeping (evening) at the beginning of the Psalter suggests that God’s faithful care sustains the godly day and night whatever the need or circumstances.

Though surrounded by threats due to a large number of enemies, the psalmist prays with confidence, to the Lord. He rejoices in the Lord as his royal provider and protector. His faith in God is unshakable. He lies down at night knowing that God hears his prayers and protects him; he wakes up in the morning with renewed confidence. He knows that God will restore him to the state from which his enemies have cast him down. Thus, he can lay himself down in his bed, confident of God’s protection.

May we experience the same peace and confidence!

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblesoftware.com

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