One of the things I love about reading the Psalms is to witness man’s response to God in the midst of adversity. I think this is why we feel the Psalms are so edifying; we can identify with the words and thoughts and themes because they are very human. In the middle of it all, we have these spiritual giants that cry out to God. We want to be able to do that too.
We can imagine David in the middle of battle as the King of Israel or as the runaway who is threatened by Absalom (which is when this Psalm was written), but how do we imagine this Psalm applying to us? Maybe right now we aren’t enduring a time of persecution or difficulty. We must never forget that we are always at war and adversaries are always plotting against us. We must not forget what Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Even if there are not people battering down the walls to our kingdom, cursing us and talking behind our backs, the spiritual forces of wickedness are always at work around us. We must not forget this, because the calm in the storm is always the calm before the storm. As a soldier on the battlefield we must always be aware of the dangers that lurk around him 24/7, we too must remain vigilant for when the enemy intends to attack us. David sees the simple act of being able to sleep and awake as a miracle of God’s provision. When we sleep we are vulnerable, but God always protects us.
God saves, wholly and forever. He doesn’t just save us from hell, but from ourselves. He doesn’t just save us from near death experiences but also the far ones. God is our shield, our strength, our hope as we walk in the darkness. He is always watching and always providing what we need when we need it, even when we don’t recognize it. Did you wake up today? Thank Him that He kept you safe throughout the night. Does your world look scary and menacing? Thank Him that He will help you prevail the winds of the storm.