Lord, many people think my beliefs are silly.
Just the other day someone laughed at me and said, “You actually believe people are going to rise from the dead in their bodies? You believe in that hocus-pocus?”
Lord, protect me.
No matter what people think about me, I know you honour me and lift me up and restore me.
Isn’t that all that really matters anyway?
I can call you anytime and you answer my prayers.
I trust that when I lie down to sleep you are beside me.
You look after me and allow me to wake up refreshed.
All of my life finds its rest and refreshment in you.
I don’t have to fear if there are millions on every side against me because you are the protective shield all around me covering my every side.
Lord, keep your promises!
Save me and raise me up on the last day.
May all who mock be defeated and have their jaws drop open when they see me rise from the grave.
You will save!
You will deliver!
You will raise the dead!
As your child I know I am safe with you and eternally blessed!
Devotion by Cora Goodyear
A psalm of David
In this psalm, David writes that he has many enemies. But he says that God protects him, exalts him and answers his prayers. When he sleeps and awakens, he knows it is because the Lord sustains him. Therefore, he does not fear the tens of thousands against him. He asks for God to deliver him. His confidence of who can deliver him is shown in v8 when he says “From the Lord comes deliverance…”
Psalm 3:5 “I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me.”
David is fleeing from his son Absalom. His enemies are many – tens of thousands. Even though many in v2 say “God will not deliver him”, David is not dissuaded by this. He does not turn away from God but instead he turns to him. He cries out to God and knows God will answer him.
It is the same for us. When others are against us – we can cry out to God. And despite the circumstances surrounding us, we can be like David in v5, content and know that God will sustain us as well. We can be confident that God will provide us safety, exalt us, answer our prayers and deliver us. We need not fear. If God is for us, who can be against us.
Point: The Lord will sustain us.