Prayer & Praise Psalms 3:3-4

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,

my glory, and the lifter of my head.

I cried aloud to the Lord,

and he answered me from his holy hill.

Every day the world is filled with Spiritual battles. We must be aware of our calling to be spiritual warriors for Jesus Christ. A good warrior is always equipped for battle, and without a shield a warrior is defenseless. The shield deflected attacks and protected the warrior from harm.

1 God is our shield

God is our loving Father and we are His children. He knows each of us by name. He has the power to guard and protect us from evil. Sometimes we face struggles to grow our faith and to strengthen, like a warrior preparing for battle, gaining experience and increasing in skill. God will not fight All of our battles for us, but he does equip us to prevail. The most important thing for us to remember is to lean on the Lord. When we are struggling and need help, we first should turn to the Lord. Where we fall short is when we turn to other people or things as idols, hoping they can protect us instead of depending on the Lord for our strength.

2 I cried aloud

The language here shows a raw emotional appeal to God. In desperation, in need of help, the writer “cried aloud” to God. Although God knows our every thought, our every desire, and our every sin, why do we still try to keep our guard up when talking with Him? Nothing is hidden from God. When you talk to Him be fully open, honest and truthful. Don’t resort to “Christianese”, trying to sound like a formal theologian. Instead speak directly to God, simply and honestly.

3 He answered me

God is always listening, He is always watching. It’s humbling to know that the Lord God, creator of the universe, still knows us personally. When you cry to the Lord, when you call on His name He will answer you. The challenge for you is to listen for Him. In the busy world we live in we can sometimes rush out a prayer and move on with our lives – treating our relationship with God like a one way demand insta-prayer reward system, instead of a loving Father-child relationship. We must find rest in the Lord, we must relax and pause from our business to listen to Him.

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