A Father’s Help

Listen to how they whisper their slander against me, saying: “Look! He’s hopeless! Even God can’t save him from this! Pause in his presence. But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield; You take me and surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually. You lift high my head when I bow low in shame. I have cried out to you, Yahweh, from your holy presence. You send me a Father’s help. Pause in his presence.

─ Psalm 3:2-4 TPT

Sandra sat across the dining room table from her lifelong friend, Dena, as they put together the remaining floral arrangements needed for the table settings for Dena’s daughter’s wedding reception. Both had married their high school sweethearts and they’d graduated together. “You know,” Dena mused, “No one thought you and Derek would stay married; y’all constantly fought even before you got married.”

Sandra smiled. “Yes, I know there were whispers, even among our wedding guests. I am just so grateful that we didn’t listen to them. We were determined to make it work. And God really did a miracle in us. And 30 years later, look at us,” she laughed.

Have you ever felt like people were talking about you behind your back, speaking lies or whispering slanderous words against your character? The pain and betrayal is hurtful. Their words can become harmful, because if you listen and allow the words to penetrate your heart and mind, you’ll eventually begin to believe them.

In our verse today, David is running from his rebellious son, Absalom, along with traitors to his own throne. While rumors swirled, David continued to look to God for help. He trusted God to shield him from his pursuers as well as protect him from the negative words spoken over him. He calls out to God and assures himself that God sends Him the help a good father sends to help his son.

Today’s One Thing

If you find yourself in a difficult situation today, follow the instruction demonstrated by the Psalmist and seek the Father’s help.

  1. Pause in the Father’s presence.
  2. Confidently trust that He is your Shield.
  3. Ask Him to surround you with Himself.
  4. And ask Him to send you a Father’s help.


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