Psalm 3

A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son

1 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me.  2 Many there be which say of my soul,  There is no help for him in God.  Selah.

3 But Thou, O LORD, art a shield for me;  my glory, and the lifter up of my head.  4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.  Selah.

5 I laid me down and slept; I awakened;  for the LORD sustained me.  6 I will not be afraid of  ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.  7 Arise, O LORD;  save me, O my God:  for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone;  thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.  8 Salvation belongeth  unto the LORD:  thy blessing is upon thy people.  Selah.

Commentary taken from Warren W. Wiersbe’s Book ‘BE Worshipful’.

     This is the first prayer in the Psalms and the first psalm attributed to David……David wrote the psalm after he had fled Jerusalem when his son Absalom took over the throne (2 Sam. 15-18).

Conflict: He Admits His Troubles (vv. 1-2).  The prayer begins abruptly with “LORD.”…..David knew that God is a “very present help in trouble”……Not only were David’s enemies increasing, but the news was getting worse.  People were saying, “The King is beyond help.”…..The word ‘help’ in the Hebrew ( yeshua) is translated “save” in verse 7 and “salvation” in verse 8 and gives us the names Jesus (Matt. 1:21) and Joshua…..Why had God permitted this dangerous and this disgraceful uprising?  It was part of David’s chastening because of his sins of adultery and murder (2 Sam. 12:1-12).  God in his grace forgave David when he confessed his sins, but God in his government allowed David to reap the bitter consequences of those sins………This is the first use of “Selah”  in Scripture (vv. 2, 4, 8);  It is used seventy-one times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk 3.  Hebraists aren’t agreed whether it comes from words meaning “to lift up” or “to be silent.” If the first, then it might be a signal for louder voices or the lifting and blowing of trumpets, perhaps even the lifting of hands to the LORD.  If the second, it could signal a pause, a moment of silence and meditation.

Confidence:  He Affirms His Trust in the Lord (vv. 3-4).  Without ignoring his problems, he lifted his eyes from the threatening situation around him and looked by faith to the Lord.  David knew he was in danger, but God was his shield……His faith was in the promises God had made to him in the covenant recorded in 2 Sam 7, and he knew God would never forsake him……David kept crying out to God in prayer, knowing that God had not forsaken him in the past and would not forsake him now……

Celebration:  He Anticipates the Victory  (vv. 5-8).  When David awakened the next morning, his first thought was of the Lord and how He had protected him and attendants during night.  This was a sign to him that the Lord was with them and would see them through the crisis……If we trust Him and seek to do his will, God works on our behalf even while we are asleep……The morning was the most important time of day for David, as it should be for us today.  It was in the morning that he met with the Lord and worshipped Him……

     God not only rested David, but He also rescued him.  David’s prayer in verse 7–“Arise, O LORD”—takes us back to the years when Israel was in the wilderness, as David was at that time.  When the guiding cloud of glory began to move and the camp set out, Moses would say (or sing):  “Rise up, O LORD!  Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You” (Num. 10:35 NKJV).  David had sent the ark back to Jerusalem (2 Sam. 15: 24-29), but he knew that the presence of a piece of sacred furniture was no guarantee of the presence of the Lord (see 1 Sam 4)……He didn’t have the ark of God, but he had the God of the ark!  He couldn’t offer animal sacrifices or I sense, but he could lift his hand to worship God……The glory of God was with him (v. 3), and so was the blessing of God (v. 8).  Let the enemy arise (v. 1)!  God will also arise and give victory!….David had the faith to trust God to go before him and defeat the army of Absalom, and God did……

Though he had used brilliant strategy in opposing Absalom’s plans, David refused to take th credit.  It was the Lord who alone would receive the glory.  David also refused to carry a grudge against his people but asked the Lord to bless them.  This reminds us of our Lord’s Prayer on the cross (Luke 23:34) and Stephen’s prayer as he was being stoned to death (Acts 7:60).  God restored David to his throne and enabled him to prepare Solomon to succeed him.

Oh how wonderful it is, that our LORD is available to us every minute of every day.  He hears every word that we speak and are thinking.  We can start off our day in prayer and end our evening in prayer and pray in between times.  We can put all our trust in Him, every moment of every day.

I wish you all a very blessed day.

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