Psalm 3One of the many benefits to reading through the Psalms is that most of them were written during events which took place back in the historical Israel.  This means that we can trace them back to things we have already read through – providing us with a glance into the emotional perspective of the individual (beyond simply the facts of what happened).

Psalm 3 is a great example.  It is a song of distress – written by King David as he dealt with his son, Absalom, attempting to take the kingdom out of his hands.  This account was recorded in 2 Samuel – and as it is read, one can only imagine what David must have been going through.  Hearing rumors that his own son had rebelled against him; yet instead of taking up arms against Absalom, David chose to rely on the Lord and trust Him to protect him and be his defense.  As opposed to the historical account, Psalm 3 provides us with what David was actually feeling during this time.  What was it like as a father?  How did he manage to be patient?  How did he trust God through that?

This song of distress begins with David lamenting the fact that those who have risen up against him have increased in number.  This correlates with 2 Sam 15:13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.”  David obviously felt very alone during this time – confronted by so many who claimed his God would not help him.

(Ever been there?)

David would flee his capital – pursued by Absalom all the way to the city of Manahaim; where David would take up refuge and rest.   Vs 3-6 speak of him concluding that God would protect him and he will rest in that truth.  “I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about.Psalm 3:6 AMP.

What David says in vs 7 is amazing.   David says that God has already accomplished the victory – defeated his enemies – and established his salvation (rescue).  The fact that David was singing this song before any victory had taken place by God is a great statement of faith.  Here David is – holed up in Manahaim – his son is leading a rebellion against him in which a large part of his kingdom have taken part – they have him surrounded – and yet David trust’s God so completely that he already knows that God will rescue him.

This is what set David apart from others of his day.  His stance of faith in the face of a difficult situation is what helped establish him as one of the greatest kings Israel ever had – and the direct lineage to the future coming Messiah.  Jesus would later teach us “Have faith in God [constantly].   Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.  For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].” – Mark 11:22-24 AMP

Reading through this song of David, we can understand the turmoil he was going through… yet also be encouraged by his faithful trust in the Lord to rescue him out of this situation.  Perhaps that is why God would call him a “man after His own heart” (1 Sam 13:14)?


Be Fruitful & Multiply,