The challenge for those dealing with a narcissist who is “close” is to deal with the situation in a practical way while also walking in faith. How do we allow God right into the middle of the situation? On top of this, we are frequently told some form of “God can’t or won’t help you” – urging us to take things into our hands to solve it on our own apart from God.
David was in the same situation. His son Absalom was a narcissist whom God raised up to chastise David for his sin with Bathsheba.
David was forced to flee for his life. In the process, many said that God would not deliver him from the adversaries that were coming at him. But David had a different view, which he declared in Psalm 3.
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
3 O Lord, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
2 Many are saying of my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.
3 But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
4 I was crying to the Lord with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.
I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God!
For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek;
You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;
Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.
David cried out to the Lord and then trusted God for help, allowing him to sleep peacefully even before the deliverance came. David did not succumb to other’s lack of faith, and in the end God executed judgment on Absalom and rescued David.