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The Lord my Repose

October 9, 2017

Psalm 3 was written during one of the lowest times of David’s life. Trouble had been afflicting the family of David for several years. The details are rather gruesome, but they included rape and murder within his own home. David’s unwillingness to address the problems resulted in his son Absalom fleeing into exile. When Absalom returned to Jerusalem David refused to meet with his son. David finally relented and was reunited with Absalom. Almost immediately Absalom began a plot to take over the throne.

Absalom was very good looking, skillful in speech and a master manipulator. He turned the hearts of many Israelites away from David. When he deemed the time was ripe Absalom declared himself king. Many Israelites, soldiers and even one of David’s chief counselor’s supported Absalom. Though many still supported David he left his palace and fled Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 15:30 says, “And David went up by the ascent of Mount Olives, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot (this is the very picture of great grief): and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.” The very next morning David wrote these words:
LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.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. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

When trouble torments your soul does your response look anything like that? David was afflicted on all sides. His enemies said God had abandoned him. They thought David would be destroyed. Tens of thousands surrounded him. He was betrayed by those closest to him. David’s heart was broken. He was bent with sorrow. His eyes were red with weeping. His throat was hoarse from his crying. David grieved deeply, but he grieved confidently.

In his sorrow David turned to God. David had rest and comfort in His God. His trust was not placed in the wisdom of his counselors, his skill in arms or the might of his soldiers. David turned to God and said, “You are my shield. You are the one who will exalt me. Though right now my head is bowed down with grief and pain you will life it up again. Though right now I have been cast out of my rightful place, you will restore me.” David had rest and peace in his sorrow because he trusted his God. The enemies of David said there is no help for him in God. David said there is no help for me but God. That is the attitude that secures the soul in the midst of sorrow. Psalm 3 points the Christian to the One who is greater than any trouble.


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