Psalm 3

O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” Interlude

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. Interlude

I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked! Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people. Interlude

When was the last time you were misrepresented?  When someone shared with the world a picture of you that wasn’t accurate?  How often do you feel the scorn of others – convinced that you can never succeed?  The world just loves to tell us who we are and what we can and can’t achieve.  The daily papers take great delight in the failures and misdemeanours of celebrity culture.  And often, we begin to believe the world’s lies over God’s truth.  This Psalm has some amazing reminders about our identity in God: he is a shield around us, he is our glory – the lifter of our heads, he watches over us – sustaining our very life.  And if this is true for us, then it’s equally true of the children and young people we invest our lives in week in, week out.

Questions for thought and discussion…

  • Where, in us, are the places we find it easier to believe the world’s lies than God’s truth?
  • How can we instil God’s truth and identity in the lives of the young people we serve?