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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

  • Agneau paul
    Praise the lord, I give all the prayers and thanks to my Lord Jesus for his mercy and his shield of protection over my family and me for all the years. Jesus Christ have a big arm , so huge no tape measures...to measuring his power. He's the father. He's the son and his the Holy Spirit. JESUS is the father,Jesus is the son , Jesus is the Holy Spirit. Amen.
  • Michael C.
    I have read books on the Cross, when I was younger; but now I see, it's really something you have to experience to know! Just now we are appointed by God to walk in this fellowship with Jesus; to bear with the evil treatment and evil minds of ungodly men, because of Jesus' name;so to learn to despise the shame like Jesus did,and to endure with faith, joy and meekness. Sometimes I feel very alone.
  • Lucy Turaga Cakaunitabua
    Praise the Lord! :) "many are those who r my enemies ..and they say to me there is no help for me in God"..wow I love how God favors n battles Fo those who run to Him for help..for refuge.. To me this God is my Defender.. that's y a lot of my enemies do not like to see me enjoying life bcos they see that as I run to God.. God receives me n my family He fights for us..He battles for us.
  • Trish
    God is wonderful at protecting us. Even when we are feeling most vulnerable.
  • Nora
    Hallelujah... Yes! I love this Psalm.
  • Lee Littleton
    I believe chapter 3 that no matter what we say or do i myself fell my Savior every day i ask for giving me when I do wrong I am in a lot of trouble cause of some things I should not have done but so far God has made a way for me to escape these things i got myself into all I have to do is pray and ask God to forgive me and he does this chapter 3 explains it in his word. Thanks.

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