David was no stranger to adversity. He fought bears and lions as a young shepherd. He defeated Goliath and hosts of Philistines as a young warrior prince for Saul. He remained a fugitive for years running and hiding from his father-in-law. Each day, Saul’s primary goal was to end David’s life. Even after Saul and Jonathan died, David spent years attempting to unify Israel.
Psalm 3 was written as Absalom was attempting to overthrow David and humiliate his father before the people. As David fled from his son, he penned this psalm as a reminder to himself that God is his deliverer. David had his mighty men, well trained troops, and a united nation. Still, Absalom had shaken the very core of his kingdom and left David as a fugitive once again.
David remembered that the only true deliverance we receive comes from God our Father. Whether 1 or 10,000, David relied on God to protect and uphold his kingdom. We also need to fully rely upon God. No amount of personal power, wealth, or strength can ever provide the same security or provision that our Lord can provide.
When we encounter trials and tribulation in our lives, it is very tempting to rely upon our own abilities and influence to deliver us. As God’s chosen, we soon realize that it is the Lord’s love, and provision that also delivers us. The same love and deliverance He provided King David, a man after God’s own heart, that meets and exceeds our expectation. Like David, we can never forget that in times of prosperity or times of trial.
God Bless You
Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”[b]
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
7 Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.
8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.