1O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. 5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 7 Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! – Psalm 3
During my career, more times than not, it wasn’t the other team that beat me, but the doubts, insecurities, and lies that I heard within me. Rather than playing the game in freedom, I lost before I even stepped foot on the field. I have a feeling you know what I am talking about, and by the sound of the passage above, so does King David.
The reality you face today and throughout the rest of your career, is that the opponent is not the other team. They are those whispered lies that cause you to play in shackles. King David knew those shackles all too well and so he learned to cry out to the Lord for help. The Lord will not help you defeat the other team, for He loves them just as much as you; but, He will help you defeat the enemies that speak within you.
In light of the gospel, those whispered lies were nailed to the cross and defeated as Jesus walked out of the grave. One day we will stand completely free, never hearing them again. However, in the meantime, Jesus left us His Spirit and the scriptures to seek freedom in. Can you imagine how much fun you would have and, dare I say, how much better you would play, without those shackles on you?
- Cry out to God for help. Be honest about the lies you are believing.
- Pray through the passage above.
- Ask God to help you trust in His love and faithfulness.