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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

  • Geraldine Cole
    Amen help us Lord Jesus have mercy on the sin sick soul Please Lord Jesus they know not what they do for u alone can draw them to U These are the days of sorrows.repent
  • Michael kwaku kudahor
    An amazing and reassuring psalm 3:3
  • Annie
    The book of Psalm 3 was ministered at service and soon as I arrive home I began to study it over again. I realize God will give you great peace in the battle set before us.
  • A disciple
    BSP; Amen! It is interesting the way God had David put the most dreadful time of his life at the beginning of the Psalms. The matter around Absalom was not confined to his house alone; but was used by God to make manifest what was in the hearts of every man. The strong delusion and conspiracy grew as it did because so many who had known the blessing of God's Anointed turned instead to rebellion.
  • BSP
    Verse 5: Even though David was dealing with some very distressing circumstances, in verse 5 he went to sleep and left matter in God's hands. We must trust in God and take things one day at a time.
  • Nola Brown
    Psalm 3 show me that David was a real person with real enemy, problem, and fears. Nevertheless through years of experiences with God's unwavering love, protection, and faithfulness David's resolve remained steadfast in-spite of his initial responses. This is also letting us know that like David, we all will experience struggles of every kind in our life time, but God is faithful and never change.
  • Carole Grant
    HALLELUJAH! !!!! PRAISE THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. I ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO REMIND ME RIGHT NOW TO REMEBER THE WORDS OF HIS BELOVED SON HANGING ON THAT CROSS: "FOR GIVE THEM, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.
  • Mild Bill
    Our time, now, are the "Bible times" allotted to us, recorded in the memory of God, for eternity.

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