Devotion: Psalm 3

Here’s a tidbit from my devotional Bible reading. Today, I read Psalm 3. The footnote of my Bible (The Lutheran Study Bible) says that it was written by David when Absalom, his son, tried to overthrow his throne and some people were saying that because of his past sins, David was outside of God’s salvation. He was facing some terrible difficulties from all sectors, wasn’t he? How could a God who loved him and supported him allow that to happen?

David knew, though, that he had forgiveness. He affirms his trust in God to deliver him. Although he had not lived a life which always honored God, David trusted in His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness.

Do you know that you have God’s forgiveness? As a Lutheran, the following verse is quite familiar to me; we say it often during Services. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I Jn 1:8-9).

Now, I am not a king whose throne is being threatened. No one is trying to take away my role as wife and mom. But sometimes the daily stresses of life begin to wear on me. Children not listening, husband with job stress, dishes that can’t stay clean, laundry hampers that are constantly filling, toys and clutter and papers that never really go away. It feels sometimes that things are pressing on every side. What about you? What makes you feel that you’re drowning?

Know that no matter how bad it seems on any given day (and at least for me, some are certainly worse than others), nothing is out of God’s control. He gives us strength in our weakness to make it through. Nothing will be perfect in this fallen world, but His grace and mercy fill us, carry us when necessary, and bring us from a place of feeling closed in on all sides to a place of grace and peace.