by Pastor Larry Stockstill
Paul could identify with the psalmist, for he was surrounded by hundreds of hostile Jews who were bent on his destruction. Their plot to assassinate him seemed foolproof, except for the fact that Paul knew the Lord was the lifter of his head. In fact, God had already arranged for Paul's nephew to hear of the plan and to be taken to inform the commander of the army of the evil plot. The commander then intervened, and the plot was foiled (Acts 23:16, 23-24).
There is a place of rest in the Lord where we do not fear the plots of the enemy. Instead, we lie down and sleep because the Lord sustains us (Psalm 3:5). We are encircled by God's protection, and Satan cannot enter that circle without God's permission. We can rest easy today under God's shield, for He will not allow the plots, devices, and arrows of the devil to remain inside our circle forever.
Let us make David's prayer our own: "Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked" (v. 7). Whatever plot the enemy may have hatched, God has a mes-senger-perhaps a nephew-to foil it!