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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 3: David on the run cries out to God


A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.


[Preliminary 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.]


v.1,2 Many enemies are coming against me and many say I am lost


v.1  Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!
v.2  Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”


v.3 Personal assurance: God is my protector and lifter


v.3  But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

v.4-6 My experiences: I cry for help, He provides I am secure


v.4  I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

v.5  I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
v.6  I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.


v.7,8 And yet, I need Him to act on my behalf


v.7  Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.

v.8  From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people.



[Additional 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.]



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