Psalm 3 is one of my favorites! Although I do love lots of them, this one speaks loudly to me about who God is. It seems almost all the verses tell us about something He is or something He does. They are things that give me hope in my life and characteristics I have seen in Him personally. They are at the same time practical and yet inconceivable. Practical that they are so critical to living an abundant life and inconceivable that the God who spoke the world in place loves and cares for me this much!
Have you ever felt the whole world was against you? Ever had a day when everything seemed to go wrong and even your friends were no where in sight? I have. This thing called life is wonderful, exciting and at times lonely and challenging. David was in a place in his life where he was being chased by a real enemy. That enemy was his son, Absalom, who wanted his throne. I pray you are not being chased by a real live enemy and especially one of your own children. We can, however, be chased by the enemy of our soul who would like you to think God really doesn’t care about you. We can be chased by our past, by our struggles in the present or by our fears for the future. We can be our own worst enemy at times and chase ourselves with the should haves and if onlys in our mind. This Psalm is for you whether you are in a great place or a place or trial or struggle. May it build you up and grow your knowledge of who God is as we go though it today.
In verses 1 & 2 David cries out to the Lord. He is feeling overwhelmed as the enemies are many and taunt him that his God won’t save him. Then in verse 3 things change. David stops looking at his problem and looks at His God. Here is what we see about who God is and what he does from a man who God described as “a man after His own heart.” I Samuel 13:14
- Verse 3 – “You are a shield around me, O Lord.” What a blessing that God is a God who protects us and places Himself personally as a shield around us!
- Verse 3 – “You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.” On those tough days when it seems no one cares about us we can look to Him and immediately He is the lifter of our heads. We can’t stay down long if we lift our heads and look into His loving face. He is always there to do it for us when we get so down that all we can do is cry out to Him. And what about His bestowing glory on us? I addressed it second because I know Him to be the lifter of my head but even more because it really is all about Him and none about me, I have felt His glory as He speaks to my heart from His Word or I have seen Him work through me in only ways He can do. When He bestows His glory you are humbled to tears. You know it is only Him, only Him!
- Verse 4 – “To the Lord I cry aloud, and He answers me from His holy hill.” David knew that when he was in trouble all he had to do was cry out and God would answer him. Knowing where to go in trouble and trusting he will answer is crucial in our spiritual life. We have to know He has heard and has answered whether it is yes, no, or wait. Only in trust can we like David call out and know He answers us.
- Verse 5 – David understands that God is the sustainer of His life. He is confident that when he wakes up each morning it is because God chose it to be.
- Verse 6 – David chooses to go from crying out to the Lord to help to living a life of no fear regardless of the circumstances. We have a God who offers us a life free of fear as we trust Him with sometimes overwhelming circumstances that could rob us of peace and joy. It really is a choice.
- Verse 7 – David shares His God of action with us. He calls out expecting God to not just see but to rise up and come to his rescue. We have a God who takes action when we call on Him. Expect it!!!
- Verse 8 – David trusts God for the answer as he calls out to Him. His enemies were still there but David now only sees His God and trusts Him to save him. He also tells us that our God is a God who blesses His people. We should know that, but if we are in one of those tough places, we may need to take some time to look around and thank Him for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. We may need to thank Him for the difficulty that allows us to see we have no control of life and need to walk closely in Him day by day trusting Him with our past, present and our future.
I love this Psalm! We have a God who is a shield around us, bestows His glory upon us, lifts our heads, answers when we call, sustains our very life, lets us live without fear when we trust, is a God who takes action, delivers us and blesses us. Wow! What a wonderful list of attributes for our Holy, awesome, God. I don’t know about you but I am so humbled and grateful that He loves me so. He loves you the same my precious friends! Look over Psalm 3 and leave a comment about how you grew in knowing God as you read through it. What did He give you there? Share it with the rest of us so we can learn from you too. Until next time! God bless and keep you and yours!
Hi! Today as I opened the Psalms I looked at Psalm 2 and thought maybe I will skip this one. Why? This didn’t sound like my God to me. The truth of the matter is that if I want to read the Word of God and grow in knowing Him then I can’t just skip the parts that may make me uncomfortable or that I don’t relate to. Psalm 1 talked about the blessings of the righteous man along with what happens to the wicked. Psalm 2 is more about people who gather together against the Lord and His Anointed one, referencing Jesus. I think I can safely say that though I, as His beloved, don’t see this side of my God, nonetheless, it is part of who He is.
Lets look first at what those coming against Him were doing:
- The nations conspired and the peoples plotted in vain.
- The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and His Anointed One.
- They say they will break their chains and throw off their fetters.
What does God do?:
- He laughs.
- He scoffs at them.
- Then He rebukes them in His anger.
- Then He terrifies them in His wrath.
- His response to their arrogance is to let them know that He has installed His King on Zion, His Holy Hill.
What is the decree of the Lord?:
- You are my son; today I have become your Father.
- Ask me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
- You will not only rule them but will dash them to pieces like pottery.
He gives the kings a chance by these instructions:
- Be wise.
- Be warned.
- Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.
- Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and destroy you because His wrath can flare up in a moment.
Then the last sentence is for those who take refuge in Him. They are blessed!
So what does this Psalm teach me about who God is? I think a lot. I think that when people decide they don’t have to follow His guidelines for life that they feel are chains and fetters and choose to think they are in control He finds it funny but it also makes Him angry. He will bring His wrath upon them if He chooses and can literally destroy them should He desire to do so.
I love verses 10-12a! This is the God I so know! He gives these scoffers and mockers who come against Him a chance to change. He gives them what they have to do to avoid His wrath and destruction. He says He is warning them to be wise and choose to serve the Lord and respect Him. He says to seek refuge in Him so that their lives will be blessed.
I am so grateful that God gave me the chance to turn from my wicked ways and to serve, respect, love and find refuge in Him through the blood shed on the cross for me and the world. I am so glad my life is blessed daily by Him! I am so glad I don’t have to face His wrath and destruction! My loving, caring, nurturing God that I see daily in my life is dealing with His enemies in a totally different way. Thank you Lord! I desire to know all aspects of who you are so that I may grow in my knowledge of you more and more until I see you one day in heaven.
What did you see in Psalm 2 about who God is? I would love to hear about it. Just leave a comment so we can all grow from each other. Much love to you and yours! Keep on opening God’s Word! Until next time!
I have just finished the wonderful study of James by Beth Moore. She is one of my favorite Bible teachers and this was the second time I did this study of James. She takes this book that can be so convicting on so many levels and makes it not only challenging but inspires us to go deeper and walk the walk not just talk the talk.
Now it is time to open God’s Word on my little blog and see what He tells us about who He is. I have decided I will take a look at some of the Psalms. I love this book of the Bible that allows us to see the very heart of God since so many are written by David, a man after God’s own heart. I am excited to dig into God’s Word in the desire to grow in knowing Him. I hope you will join me and share with us what God reveals to you from the Psalms we look at. I love sharing God’s Word with others and learning more about who He is from what He speaks to your heart too.
We won’t necessarily go through all of them. There will be times we focus on a complete Psalm and times we will only look at parts of a Psalm. They are so very rich with life-giving, life impacting treasures that I don’t want to rush it. Ready? I am so excited to begin! Lets get going!
We are going to look at this Psalm from the bottom up. Since our focus is what it says about who God is I feel we need to start with verse 6. The first 5 verses are really about the results of who He is in our lives. We will also look at that but for right now we will just focus our attention on what verse 6 tells us about God. I love that my God is a God who is watching over. What a blessing that is! He doesn’t miss one thing that is going on in my life! The addition of the word over changes it so from just watching. If He was a God who was just observing what is going on that would be one thing but He is a God who is watching over me and mine. That indicates care and concern to me. I am so very grateful that He is always there taking care and watching over!
There is a qualification of the watching over that He does. It says, “For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” God’s watching over is for the righteous. So who are the righteous? Is that only those who are doing everything perfectly? Are they the good ones who seem to have it all together and do it right? No my precious friends. 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us, “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” Through the death of our precious Lord Jesus on the cross for our sins, we who believe in Him as our Savior are righteous through Him. Not on our own. Not of our doing. Only through the gift of grace given to any who choose to take it. I can barely get my mind wrapped around it but am so blessed and grateful that I can read this Psalm and know I am one of the righteous my God is watching over. If you should have any doubts at all that you are also one of the righteous this talks about, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will talk about it.
Back to Psalm 1. Though the first 3 verses are talking about a man who is blessed and what his life is like it is still about who God is. Verse 6 starts with the word for. What it says to me is that this man’s life and the life of the wicked in verses 4 & 5 is a result of God’s watching over. Lets spend some time seeing what the result is for the righteous:
- Verse 1 tells us he is blessed and makes good choices. He doesn’t spend time with the wicked, sinners and mockers.
- Verse 2 says he delights in the Word of God and doesn’t just read it but thinks about it day and night.
- Verse 3 gives a picture of his life being like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season and that stays full of life.
- Verse 3 also tells us that whatever he does prospers.
I love this! We have a God who watches over us and interacts in our life to give us abundant life. The God who spoke the world in place loves us and cares about us! He blesses us and enables us to bear fruit for Him. The fact that we are opening His Word to search out who He is so that we can know Him better brings life-giving, life changing, life impacting results that only He can bring.
I am so glad you have joined us on this journey! I so desire to hear what God has given you as you read through Psalm 1. Please share your comments so that we can all learn from each other. The sharing of God’s Word always expands our knowledge of who He is. Until next time keep on opening the Word of God and growing in knowing who He is! Love you guys!