Psalms 3:1  <<A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.>> LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
2  Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
3  But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4  I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5  I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
6  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
7  Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8  Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
 
Remember the context. This psalm was written by David "when he fled from Absalom his son". The context is that of 2 Samuel 15:14.
 
2 Samuel 15:13  And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.
14  And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
15  And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.
16  And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house.
17  And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off.
18  And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.
19  Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king: for thou art a stranger, and also an exile.
20  Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.
21  And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the LORD liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.
22  And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that were with him.
23  And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.
 
It was a time of sorrow and acceptance of what seemed inevitable.
 
At this time, when there seemed to be no human help for David, he composed Psalm 3.
 
Notice his confidence in his God.
 
Psalm 3:3  But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4  I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5  I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
6  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
7  Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8  Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
 
When we are faced with implacable enemies who seem invincible, it is time to meditate on Psalm 3, and to declare our own confidence in the Yahweh (for that is the name of God translated as LORD in all capitals in the KJV.
 
YHWH will be our shield, our glory, the lifter up of our head, our sustainer, our defender Who can and will battle for us.
 
Perhaps the hardest verse to live by is verse 8a. "Salvation belongeth unto the LORD:,,,'"
So many of us believe that, after we are saved, we have to work to keep our salvation. The difference between 'religion' and the gospel of grace is that religion ADDS burdens by announcing that Jesus plus something equals everything while the gospel of grace ABSORBS burdens by announcing that Jesus plus nothing equals everything. 
 
 
 
 

 

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