THOUGHTS

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Psalm 3

A Prayer to Start the Day, in the Wake of this World’s Troubles!

A Psalm of David when He fled from Absalom!

The vital introduction, that must be noted before we look into the text of this Psalm, is the demonstrated practice of David to turn to God in times of trouble, instead of the practice of many to blame or turn away from God.

In everyone’s life, there are moments of time where we consider that the whole world is against us. As such, everyone is faced with a similar choice; turn to God and be strengthened, turn against God and be in danger of enmity with Him.

Nowhere in this Psalm is David unrealistic of the fact that the difficulties were going to come; his conclusion then, as the driving force of the song, is not that he would come out unscathed in this life, but that his continuing trust would lead to a secured hope (vs. 8).  This was Peter’s message to Christians in 1 Peter 1:3-9. Just like points on a compass, the elements of navigation given by God (Joy, faith, and perseverance lead to a secured hope or destination; the salvation of the soul).

The Lord Helps His Troubled People

A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son.

Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!
Many are they who rise up against me.
2 Many are they who say of me,
There is no help for him in God.” Selah

3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
4 I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah

5 I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me all around.

7 Arise, O Lord;
Save me, O my God!
For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord.
Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah

One of the most difficult trials for David to overcome, it seems by the text, in his troubles with Absalom; was the perception that God had forsaken him (there is commonality with Job, by the statement of Job’s friends in this).

However, note how David deals with this obvious pain (vs. 3-4); there is apparent confidence that God knows his state. To you and me, the obvious lesson is that we should never allow perception to alter reality; our Father is never far from us (Psalms 16:8; 34:18; 75:1; 119:151; 145:18; Isaiah 50:8; Acts 17:27).

This unique understanding of God’s presence with David was something he woke with and gave thanks for daily (vs.5). Thus everyday was an opportunity for David to grow in the strength of God, as an occasion, instead of practicing what many engage in; “Woe is me” (vs.6). No one, going to sleep, knows whether or not they will awaken. Thus every day that we awaken it is an occasion to realize we have been blessed by God, regardless of the trials and tests set before us each day (which James teaches us can be joyful in perseverance with this very understanding – James 1:2-4).

David’s call for God to save him and smite his enemies (vs.9), is far less an imprecation; but instead, a clear understanding of God’s absolute righteousness (against all evil in judgment, and reserving all who trust Him in His sureness).

This understanding of David’s call against the unrighteous is confirmed in his closing statement, “Your blessing is upon Your people”. Whether immediate or temporary, this was not the concern. Just the overriding trust that in the end, God would bless those who ever kept Him near!!!

No Matter what may befall; Keep God Near!