Journal Entry by Jared Lawson
S – Scripture: Psalm 140:7 ESV
O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.
O - Observation
This psalm begins as a cry for help; the exact wording is “Deliver me O lord from evil men.” The Psalmist spends the next five verses asking God for help. Then there is a shift - a turn from request to remembrance. The Psalmist stops and remembers who God is and what he’s done in the past. In battle, according to Benjamin Weiss, Kings and Princes had a soldier next to them who would protect their head from arrows. It was their task. I love that the Psalmist knows that God will do the same for him.
A - Application
Remembrance is the first step. The Psalmist was not out of the battle during the time this Psalm was written. Most of the verse is written in present tense, but in the verse above we can see that the Psalmist is talking about past events. The Psalmist requests God for help but doesn’t stop there, he rehearses what he has done for him in the past.
P - Prayer
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your kindness and love. When I am in the middle of a battle, feeling anxious or concerned, help me to remember who you are and what you’ve done. May that fill me with confidence not in myself but in you and your ability to pull me through. I love you and trust you. In Jesus name Amen.