Psalm 3 is a cry for help in a time of distress. David wrote this Psalm about a time when he was on the run from rebels led by his son Absalom.
Like David, we will face difficult times of attack. David’s responses in this Psalm can help us.
Psalm 3 ESV
1 O LORD, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.”
Problem: The enemy attacks with discouragement. The enemy’s lie is that there is no solution, no rescue, no salvation, that the problem is too big for God.
Like David, we will come under attack by the enemy.
3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
Pivot: When the enemy attacks, pivot or shift your focus from your circumstances to God’s faithfulness. Remember who He is, how He has rescued you in the past.
David did this. He says, “But you, O LORD.” When you see LORD in all capital letters as you read the Bible, it is the personal name of God, YHWH, His covenant name. In this name is God’s character and His covenant promise to His people. David is focused on the faithfulness of God, who rescued HIs people from Egyptian slavery by parting the Red Sea, who provided for His people in the desert, and who brought His people into the Promised Land, giving them victory over their enemies. God had also delivered David many times from the pursuit of Saul.
Like David, we can shift our focus. We can make the pivot from our circumstances to our God. His faithfulness in the past gives us confidence in the present. The enemy may be attacking, but you, O LORD, are my shield. I feel isolated and insignificant, but you, O LORD, are my glory. I am discouraged, but you, O LORD, are the lifter of my head, my encourager.
4 I cried aloud to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy hill.
Prayer: When the enemy attacks, pray. David expressed his intense emotions to God in prayer, crying aloud to Him in distress.
Like David, we can cry out to God, knowing He hears and answers.
5 I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
Peace: When the enemy attacks, rest. Having rehearsed God’s faithfulness and cried out to God in prayer, David slept peacefully in the knowledge that God was his shield and sustainer. He had no fear of the enemy because he rested in God’s protection.
Like David, we can sleep in peace knowing that God, our shield and protector, hears and answers our prayers. He is working on our behalf even when we sleep.
7 Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the LORD;
your blessing be on your people!
Praise: When the enemy attacks, praise God for His salvation and blessing. David recognized that salvation is not a matter of strategy. Rescue from the enemy is not about us coming up with the right plan. Salvation comes from God.
Like David, we can praise God for His salvation and blessing even in times of distress.
Father, you are my shield, my glory, and the lifter of my head. When the enemy attacks, help me to focus on you and not my circumstances. Thank you for your faithfulness and your great salvation. Thank you that when I pray, you answer. Help me to rest in you today. Amen.