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!