The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message The Father Responds When I Call is based on Psalm 3:3-7.
3 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.
4 I have cried out to you, Yahweh, from your holy presence.
You send me a Father’s help.
5 So now I’ll lie down and sleep like a baby—then I’ll awake in safety, for you surround me with your glory.
6 Even though dark powers prowl around me, I won’t be afraid.
7 I simply cry out to you: “Rise up and help me, Lord! Come and save me!”
And you will slap them in the face, breaking the power of their words to harm me.
(The Passion Translation, Psalm 3:3-7)
Like many of you, my earthly father wasn’t around much when I was growing up, so I didn’t know what it was like to be able to call on my father for help when I was scared of the dark as a small child or as I was navigating the various challenges one faces throughout the growing up years.
Verses like Psalm 3:4 that mention God sending a Father’s help were a total mystery to me as I didn’t have a clear example of what that looked like in my own life. It wasn’t until I became a father myself that verses like this began to take on new meaning.
As a father, I want to be a shield and a protection for my children. I want them to confidently cry out for my help when they’re scared or facing a problem that they don’t know how to solve on their own.
It was through the lens of my own eyes as a father, that God began to fully reveal His heart for me and also His heart for you. Any time we’re scared or facing trouble, He wants us to call to Him with bold confidence so that He can both protect and cover us with His glory. Like it says in Psalm 3:5, we’ll be able to lie down and sleep like a baby, awakening with a feeling of complete and total safety.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, reveal yourself fully to those who struggle like I did to understand and see you as father. Give them a concrete and tangible example of your heart for them and place within them a bold confidence so they know that they can call on you at any time day and night and you’ll be right there ready to respond to their need. Amen
Action Step: Grab your journal or a piece a paper and a pen. Sit down in a quiet place and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you 2 or 3 specific areas of your life where you’ve been either too afraid or too ashamed to ask for the Father’s help. Write those down.
Next, read Psalm 3:3-7 aloud and then one by one ask God the Father to help you with the areas you identified above. I strongly encourage you to bring these concerns before the Father in prayer each day for an entire week keeping track of anything God reveals to you and any breakthroughs you experience in these specific areas in your journal.