Reading the Word
Psalm 3:1–8 (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.” Selah3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah5 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. 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! Selah
Understanding and Applying the Word
The heading of this psalm tells us that it was written by David when he fled from Absalom. Absalom was David’s son who wanted to eliminate David so he could be king. David’s words that we read here tell us that even while David’s life was threatened, he felt secure knowing that God was in control of the circumstances. He knew that God would be on his side.
David’s trouble came as one tried to take his life from him. Most of us will never face a similar threat, but we all face difficulties in life. Some of us face extremely difficult circumstances with illnesses, family troubles, job struggles, physical challenges, etc. We can have the same assurance that David had. Our God is on our side and he is in control of the situation. He is our shield and he will lift our heads!
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