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1 (A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.) LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Commentary for Psalms 3

David complains to God of his enemies, and confides in God. (1-3) He triumphs over his fears, and gives God the glory, and takes to himself the comfort. (4-8)

1-3 An active believer, the more he is beaten off from God, either by the rebukes of providence, or the reproaches of enemies, the faster hold he will take, and the closer will he cleave to him. A child of God startles at the very thought of despairing of help in God. See what God is to his people, what he will be, what they have found him, what David found in him. 1. Safety; a shield for me; which denotes the advantage of that protection. 2. Honour; those whom God owns for his, have true honour put upon them. 3. Joy and deliverance. If, in the worst of times, God's people can lift up their heads with joy, knowing that all shall work for good to them, they will own God as giving them both cause and hearts to rejoice.

4-8 Care and grief do us good, when they engage us to pray to God, as in earnest. David had always found God ready to answer his prayers. Nothing can fix a gulf between the communications of God's grace towards us, and the working of his grace in us; between his favour and our faith. He had always been very safe under the Divine protection. This is applicable to the common mercies of every night, for which we ought to give thanks every morning. Many lie down, and cannot sleep, through pain of body, or anguish of mind, or the continual alarms of fear in the night. But it seems here rather to be meant of the calmness of David's spirit, in the midst of his dangers. The Lord, by his grace and the consolations of his Spirit, made him easy. It is a great mercy, when we are in trouble, to have our minds stayed upon God. Behold the Son of David composing himself to his rest upon the cross, that bed of sorrows; commending his Spirit into the Father's hands in full confidence of a joyful resurrection. Behold this, O Christian: let faith teach thee how to sleep, and how to die; while it assures thee that as sleep is a short death, so death is only a longer sleep; the same God watches over thee, in thy bed and in thy grave. David's faith became triumphant. He began the psalm with complaints of the strength and malice of his enemies; but concludes with rejoicing in the power and grace of his God, and now sees more with him than against him. Salvation belongeth unto the Lord; he has power to save, be the danger ever so great. All that have the Lord for their God, are sure of salvation; for he who is their God, is the God of Salvation.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 3

  • MockingBird
    Praise God !!! You now have a Greater help meet to help you enjoy life. With God all things are possible to him that believes : Your going to show the devil he is a liar : It will take time : But you can do it !!!
  • Annie
    David had the sense to flee from evil as Joseph did. Sometimes we try to sit in stubborness when God decides we need to leave an unhealthy places. Sometimes we try to forgive and see God in others where good does not exist. This psalm is a call to flee the physical and emotional deceptions created by the enemy to rob us of our birthright. Let the devil talk just move out of his path to new things.
  • Ken Miller
    It saved me
    I was badly injured in a vehicle crash. Everyone was telling me that I had to learn to be crippled. Closing my life, my wife took my son and left she didn't want to be married to a cripple. I was giving up and when I walk past my dresser the Bible fell off and when I picked it up it was on psalm I read it and Jesus was telling I had to fight to prove to recover. I didThank you Lord
  • Apostle Dr. Per Einar Jensen
    Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
    He is my saviour Amen
  • Caryan reid
    for every piece of instrument comes an instruction. the bible is our guide to understanding the power of God and the way of life. In the beginning was the word.
  • Geraldine cole
    The Lord is our Defense and he will defend all of his children no matter what remember God never sleep every word that is spoken God hears it keep reading the Bible and u will get to no the truth of the whole matter just don't take a person word study the bible Amen

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According to Psalm 3, what belongs to the Lord?
  • Salvation
  • Kindness
  • The Universe
  • The hearts of men