“O LORD, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. Many are saying of my soul, ‘there is no deliverance for him in God.’ Selah. But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. I was crying to the LORD with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God! For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek; You have shattered the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the LORD; Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.” (Psalm 3)
Psalm 3-7 form a bridge between two Messianic psalms. Whereas Psalm 2 the prophetic rejection of God’s anointed is, and Psalm 8 the ultimate victory as Man, the five psalms in between deal with the trials, sorrows, confusions, problems, and sins from Israel. Yet we see Israel’s confidence in God, their prayers for deliverance, and the promises of God.
Psalm 3 describes David’s personal experience when he had to flee from Jerusalem when Absalom, his son, rebelled against him. Absalom wanted to put his father to death. As David fled, the enemy was cursing him. The prophet Nathan had told David that God would punish him for his sins: “Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household” (2 Samuel 12:11). Why? Because David had sinned greatly, and he was not going to get away with it. Although God had forgiven David, he still had to reap the results of his sin. And it was in his own son’s rebellion that he reaped it.
What is beautiful about this psalm is that although his adversaries have increased David still turns to God and puts his trust in Him. Why? Because of God’s covenant with David (2 Samuel 7:8-17). He calls on his God, his shield, his glory, his sustainer, his savior to save him.And my question is, do you? Do I? Do you first of all recognize that your adversaries have increased? Are you fully aware of the war that you are in? Yes, we have been saved from God’s ultimate judgment. Yes, Jesus defeated Satan. But that doesn’t mean that the war is over. We are at war! And if you don’t recognize or acknowledge that than you will lose ground daily, and youwill not experience that you are no longer a slave to sin. Yet you are not freed from the presenceof sin. That’s the war that we are fighting, daily. Your adversaries are increasing, like David’s,and the best that you can do is turn to God and ask Him to be your shield, your protector.
David said that he lay down and slept. And so this psalm can be considered a morning psalm. How do you think your day will go if each morning you pray this prayer to God? Do you think that your adversaries stand a fighting chance? I think not! Have I turned to God? I am afraid to say I haven’t. I do feel that my adversaries have increased. I would almost say exponentially. And I feel I haven’t turned to God to be my protector, and I need to repent of that. Why? Because I cannot do it on my own. Salvation belongs to the LORD, and His blessing is upon His people!