objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic
a description of what is happening)
Psalm 3: David on the run cries out to God
psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
comment: As the title-note says, this is David on the
run from his rebelling son, Absalom [see 2 Sam 15]. He declares
his plight [v.1,2], but affirms his belief in the Lord as his
protector [v.3] because his testimony so far is that when he calls
on Him, the Lord answers [v.4] and grants him peace and security
[v.5] which reassures him that he will survive this [v.6]. But
he doesn't just rest in that knowledge – he prays and asks the
Lord to be there to give him deliverance & victory [v.7,8].
Thus we see the confidence that David has in the Lord, even though
he is on the run.]
Many enemies are coming against me and many say I am lost
how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!
are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”
Personal assurance: God is my protector and lifter
you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
My experiences: I
cry for help, He provides I am secure
call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains
will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
And yet, I need Him to act on my behalf
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.
the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.
Thoughts: David is aware of his place before the Lord
and knows what is happening to him is part of the Lord's discipline
that He had warned about after David's sin with Bathsheba. [see
2 Sam 12:11,12] Yet he is confident in the midst of discipline
that the Lord will be there for him. As with the prophets of old,
he does not merely rest in knowing the will of God [his restoration
afterwards], he prays for it.]
to Psa 4