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

  • Ekunniyi adeola on Psalms 3
    CommentThough God loved David not because he did commit sin but because he always repent and forsake his sin and felt sorry to have done that
  • R Harris on Psalms 3
    This is a wonderful Psalm by King David of Confidence, Faith, Trust in God while facing immense trouble of a rebellious uprising led by his own son Absalom. He begins by acknowledging the great multitude assembled against him, but then refuses to be afraid knowing that God has delivered him from past troubles. David looses no sleep over the situation, and ends the Psalm with rejoicing and praise unto the Lord. A popular song is even written after this Psalm "Thou, O Lord." Thank you Lord.
  • Ralph X Gillon on Psalms 3
    My favorite part of Bible
  • Deb - in Reply on Psalms 3
    God Bless you Horace......
  • Butch on Psalms 3
    PSALM chapter three for the third day of the first month of 2020, Guided by Holy Spirit on 11 day of 12 month 2019 to begin with PSALM chapter 11, I missed a few days but caught up now. This one shows me of my life as a child. Growing up as outcast among classmates and black sheep in the family . I became withdrawn. Low esteem suicidal. For all of that I was institutionalized many times but GOD
  • Foxy111 on Psalms 3
    CHRIST alone take us home.
  • Karen on Psalms 3
    Love it.
  • Shay on Psalms 3
    Let's remember that while David did sin and was a man of war, he knew how to break his heart before God. God did serve His justice upon David by not allowing him the joy of building temple and he allowed David to suffer greatly due to choices. David was not perfect and made many mistakes yet God still chose him. Just as He does with us today, but remember to not misuse His grace toward us.
  • Michael on Psalms 3
    Asking God to slap the faces of our enemies so hard as to break their teeth seems like a strange thing to ask Him to do. I cannot imagine Jesus doing that to someone.
  • Vanessa on Psalms 3
    It was David's sin that caused such pain, he thought he could hide it, he knew in his heart he couldn't, he loved God with all his heart soul and might and nor can we. Deuteronomy 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.


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