Read: Psalm 3:1; 2 Samuel 12:10 – 14
David was about 65 years old when the events that gave rise to Psalm 3 occurred. The placement of this event from the end of David’s life near the beginning of the Psalms calls our attention to the truth that a walk with God comes with great difficulties.
Think About It: Psalm 3 must be understood in the context of Absalom’s rebellion – 2 Samuel 15 – 19, and the events in David’s life that led up to that rebellion. What judgment did God pronounce against David? How was that pronouncement fulfilled? Does anyone ever “get away with” anything?
Prayer: Lord, help me to remain faithful in the face of difficulties.
Read: Psalm 3:1 – 2; 2 Samuel 15 – 19; Revelation 12:10
The first two verses of Psalm 3 describe David’s plight: surrounded by many foes, having many people rising against him, experiencing many saying that there was no salvation for him in God.
Think About It: Who were some of the many foes that surrounded David? Whose betrayals especially hurt David? Why was the accusation that there was no help for him in God particularly painful for David? In what sense was what David’s foes did to him the work of the devil?
Prayer: Praise the Lord that I have Advocate with the Father!
Read: Psalm 3:3 – 6; Psalm 51:7 – 10; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 John 3:20
As an adulterer and murderer, David had earned the death penalty. According to the letter of the Law his actions placed Him beyond God’s help. David’s only hope was in the Lord, who besides being a righteous judge is also a merciful Savior.
Think About It: How had David responded to conviction of sin? Is forgiveness possible for everyone who repents? Does God’s forgiveness mean that we will always escape the temporal consequences of sin? How does 1 John 3:20 relate to the subject of God’s forgiveness?
Prayer: For a truly repentant heart.
Read: Psalm 3:3; 1 John 4:4; Romans 8:31; Galatians 6:14
David said God was a shield about him. His enemies were on every side; but God was also on every side protecting Him. David also said God was his glory and the lifter of his head.
Think About It: Although David was suffering the temporal consequences for his sin, how was God going to lift his head? How can I demonstrate that God is my glory?
Prayer: That I might glory only in the cross of Jesus Christ.
Read: Psalm 3:4; Hebrews 4:14 – 16
David said that God answered his cry for help “from His holy Hill.” The “Holy Hill” is Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount, where the Lord had provided the ram for the offering to Abraham and where the Temple sacrifices would one day be made for atonement of sin.
Think About It: What is the “holy hill” to which I call? Who has God provided as my atoning sacrifice for sin? What does this mean regarding my privileges in prayer?
Prayer: Praise God for His help in the time of my need.
Read: Psalm 3:5 – 6; Proverbs 29:26; Psalm 23:4
David had such great confidence in God that he was able to lie down and sleep even while surrounded by his enemies. God sustained him, and he was fearless in spite of his circumstances.
Think About It: Why is the fear of man a trap? What do I fear? Whom should I fear? Am I looking to the Lord, or looking at the threatening things that surround me?
Prayer: Lord, help me to fear nothing and no one but You.
Read: Psalm 3:7 – 8; Philippians 1:19 – 20
In Psalm 3:7, the verbs “strike” and “break” represent completed action, although David was still surrounded by enemies and the battle between his forces and Absalom’s had not yet been joined. The strike on the cheek is not just a blow, it is a blow designed to shame. Men clench their teeth in anger and hatred; broken teeth signify God’s complete power over the anger and hatred of man (see Psalm 2).
Think About It: What has God done for me in the past that gives me confidence that He will save me again? Do I pray with the confidence of God’s salvation like David and Paul (Philippians 1:19 – 20)? Where does my faith need shoring up?
Prayer: Praise the Lord that salvation belongs to Him! Lord, strengthen my faith.