Praying the Psalms: Psalm 3

11 December 2013

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


O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
there is no salvation for him in God.
But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill.
I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all round.
Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people!

This Psalm, we are told, was written – and prayed – by King David when he was on the run from his son Absalom (read the account in 2 Samuel 15-18). The suffering and anguish of David here points forward to the sufferings and anguish of the Lord Jesus (Mark 14-15).

The fact is that this Psalm is a ready-made prayer for the Christian in anguish, whether from a troubled soul or a threatening enemy, and as such has been prayed by Christians for thousands of years. After pouring out our fears and turmoil to God in prayer, we enjoy the peace that He Gives; ‘I lay down and slept, for the LORD sustained me’. That peace gives rise to a deeply rooted confidence in the power of God; ‘salvation belongs to the LORD!’

This blog post was written by Dan Martin.