“O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.”
David was familiar with warfare. He had faced Giants and well as giant armies. He knew the dangers of hand to hand combat and there is little doubt that his body bore the scars of some of those battles. As a soldier, David also knew the importance of protecting his head. A wound to the forearm, although painful, was not deadly but a wound to the head could cost him his life. The same is true for us in the spiritual battles in which we are engaged. It is critical for the Christian that we learn to keep our head covered when under attack.
The bible describes Satan as the accuser of the brethren. As such he brings constant accusations against the child of God. Since God is unwilling to listen to his rants, he makes us his target. In the midst of our battles the devil sends a barrage of missiles into our minds seeking to defeat us. When we are struggling with sin he increases the level of temptation and when we fail he turns up the guilt. When we are discouraged he seeks to fill our minds with our weakness rather than allowing us to think about God’s strength. It is critical for the child of God that we allow the Lord to cover our head in battle. A friend of mine had a plaque hanging above his desk that read, “The next time the devil reminds you of your past remind him of his future.”
Questions for Psalm 140
- David is asking for deliverance, protection and for the Lord to let his enemies have it. We do ask God to take care of the people who seem to be out to get us? Who do you need deliverance from today?
- After David pours his heart out, he finally comes to the conclusion that the Lord will take care of him verse 12-13, so trust in the Lord and let Him deal with it. Read 1 Peter 5:6-7.