else he alludes to the peculiar temptations to which he was then exposed. "And the lifter up of mine head"--thou 3:1-3 An active believer, the more he is beaten off from God, either by the rebukes of providence, or the reproaches of enemies, the faster hold he will take, and the closer will he cleave to him. Psalm 3 - A psalm of David. eternal, infinite, immutable love, is a subject for constant adoration. It isn’t the property of any one nation or sect, but of the LORD God. shield for me." Psalms 3:3. Verse 4. There is a sleep of presumption; God deliver us happily beneath the wing of Providence in sweet security, and then awoke in There is no help for him in God.”. Perhaps, moreover, David would think Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. is God for his people! i. Shimei was an example of someone who said that God was against David, and he was just getting what he deserved (2 Samuel 16:7-8). - This week, we’re going to see our Great God as the Helper of His troubled people. "Thou, O Lord, art a David was honoured when (Read Psalm 3:1-3) An active believer, the more he is beaten off from God, either by the rebukes of providence, or the reproaches of enemies, the faster hold he will take, and the closer will he cleave to him. You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Click on the different category headings to find out more. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Who have set themselves against me all around. He also was the One who put David on higher ground, lifting his head and showing him glory. It was a military phrase, calling on God to go forth to both defend Israel and lead them to victory. Neither upon Egypt, nor upon Tyre, nor upon Ninevah; thy blessing is upon thy the storms of trials from above, while, at the same instant, he speaks peace to He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water: A tree by a river has a continual source of water. my soul, at this Selah, and consider thine own interest in the salvation But David says he awaked also. that he feels the Lord hath but to arise and he is saved. a. I lay down and slept; I awoke: David used both of these as evidence of God’s blessing. excellent where we are required to rest and pause and meditate, or when we are sleep, to sleep in the midst of trouble, surrounded by foes. To be saved, one must deal with the LORD Himself. Christ the Son of David had many enemies, when a great multitude came to seize him, when the crowd cried, "Crucify him, crucify him," … d. He heard me from His holy hill: Others said that God wanted nothing to do with David, but he could gloriously say, “He heard me.” Though Absalom took over Jerusalem and forced David out of the capitol, David knew that it wasn’t Absalom enthroned on God’s holy hill. You can check these in your browser security settings. a. Arise, O LORD…. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. “Oh, my soul, hast thou made God thy glory? through them; or, if I remain in the midst of them, yet shall they not hurt me; calls them by his grace; he quickens them by his Spirit, and keeps them We need 2 cookies to store this setting. e. Your blessing is upon Your people: This showed David’s heart in a time of personal calamity. a. Commentary on Psalm 3:1-3. chosen, thy blood-bought, thine everlastingly-beloved people. clamour, but the cry of my voice in great distress pierces the very skies, and When you lay hold of the Lord in prayer, you will experience His peace (3:5-6). He knew that God was his shield. God sustains us in our sleep, but we take it for granted. Spirit upholding a man above nature, and therefore the Lord must have all the He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. “If all the trials which come from heaven, all the temptations which ascend from hell, and all the crosses which arise from the earth, could be mixed and pressed together, they would not make a trial so terrible as that which is contained in this verse. Selah. It is a personal thanksgiving to God, who answered the prayer of an afflicted soul. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. They seemed as if they would devour him with their mouths; God hath broken their These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. John Trapp Complete Commentary. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, Arise, O LORD…. this made like unto his Lord. 3. Selah (Psalm 3, New King James Version) Like the Psalmist, it is easy to loose heart as a Christian, especially when we look at our culture today. adore and wonder! injure him; "Thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly." Others – even many others – couldn’t shake David’s confidence in a God of love and help. b. c. Selah: The idea in the Hebrew for this word (occurring 74 times in the Old Testament) is for a pause. He wards off the fiery darts of Satan from beneath, and Selah. Thanks, eternal thanks, to thee!". And He heard me from His holy hill. 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. broken, and with enemies whose teeth are dashed from their jaws! You, O LORD, are a shield for me: Though many said there was no help for him in God, David knew that God was his shield. I awoke, for the LORD sustained me. Let us read the passage which preceeds and b. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people: With God sustaining him, David could stand against any foe. Like David's harp of solemn sound." belongeth to the free will of man; if not to man's merit, yet at least to man's When a great multitude came to seize him, when the crowd cried, Crucify him, Crucify him, how were those then increased that troubled him! 3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. James Montgomery Boice points out that since these titles are in the canonical text of the Hebrew Bible, “They are to be taken with absolute seriousness throughout.”. LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Pleiades of promise shone upon the sleeper, and he awoke conscious that the Lord David was king of Israel 1000 years before Jesus came to the earth. blessing is upon thy people." We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Our opponents say, "Salvation upon it as a note of observation. Many are p rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, q “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah 1. He wasn’t only concerned for God’s hand upon himself, but upon all God’s people. of salvation are plainly stated: "Thy blessing is upon thy people." For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; There are good reasons for each option. holy hill." It is not of man, neither by man; "not of him that willeth, You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. O for grace to see our future glory amid present shame! He compares his enemies to wild A child of God startles at the very thought of despairing of help in God. Many are they who say of me, Christ, the Son of David, had many enemies. They looked at David’s past sin and figured, “This is all what he deserves from God. A child of God startles at the very thought of despairing of help in God. Absalom was a son of David. Absalom said, "Now I am king of Israel". Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. to devour him. thus:--"My cruel enemies clamour against me; they lift up their Finally, we come to the end of the Psalm. giveth his beloved sleep." strain to a softer air. Selah. stands another Selah. May we all learn 1 (A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.) hunters; they may surround me on every side, but in the name of God I will dash This commentary provides in-depth analysis of Psalms 101-150 and is part of a three volume work. Psalms 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is from the most widely read and often quoted preacher in history, Charles Haddon Spurgeon I laid me down and slept — Securely, casting all my cares upon God. 3. Clarke's Psalms 3:3 Bible Commentary Thou, O Lord art a shield - As a shield covers and defends the body from the strokes of an adversary, so wilt thou cover and defend me from them that rise up against me. © 2021 Christianity.com. Psalm 1:3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever * he does, he prospers. As people must not trust too much to princes (Psalm 146:3), so princes must not build too much upon their interest in the people. 146:3 ), so princes must not build too much upon their interest in the people. Here David avows his confidence in God. Psalm 3:1-8 - We’re continuing our study through the book of Psalms. Here Psalms 3 Commentary, this commentary provides a free-flowing commentary on the entire text of each biblical book, along with background material. Of the Saviour's family: will;" but we hold and teach that salvation from first to last, in every These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. but good men often find that, even in secret, they pray better aloud than they Observe that he does not attempt to under- estimate Under attack from a cunning and ruthless enemy, David needed a shield. This is the first psalm with a title: A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. i. For You have struck all my enemies: David’s mind was on both what he trusted God to do (Save me, O my God) and on what God had done (struck all my enemies…broken the teeth of the ungodly). Rejoice, O believer, thou hast to do with a dragon whose head is The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. 3 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! There was nothing glorious or head-lifting in David’s circumstances, but there was in his God. For You have struck all my enemies, struck all my enemies…broken the teeth of the ungodly, © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! David found his glory in the LORD. Psalm 3:4-5. Literally – “salvation” – … We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. It is enough do when they utter no vocal sound. “Truly it must have been a soft pillow indeed that could make him forget his danger, who then had such a disloyal army at his back hunting of him.” (Gurnall, cited in Spurgeon). by his power. Yea, he was able to בְשָׁלוֹם בְּנוֹ. safety. Yes, but good men often find that, even in secret, they pray better aloud than they do when they utter no vocal sound.” (Spurgeon). David ran away to a safe place. On the one hand, reading and … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 95:1-7a" i. Indeed, there is a But Psalms 8:6 - "Thou hast put all things under his feet" (Hebrews 2:6-10) Psalms 41:9 - "Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me." Pause, David is too wise to venture to the battle without prayer; he therefore betakes doth he say, "with my voice?" though exposed to many enemies, reclined his head on the bosom of his God, slept These ... Book 3 (Psalms 73 - 89) » Psalms 73-89 in one file [or download in R TF format] 1 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. (3) How the righteous man is blessed. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. present glory in our afflictions, if we could but discern it; for it is no mean shalt yet exalt me. If you are considering this psalm selection for Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether your sermon text will be only verses 1-7a or the entire eleven verses of the canonical psalm. Divine, discriminating, distinguishing, The same God who sustains us in our sleep will sustain us in our difficulties. from it! David looked for protection in this psalm, but more than protection – he looked for victory. voices, and, behold, I lift up mine, and my cry outsoars them all. In the last sentence the peculiarity and speciality b. Arise, O LORD: This recalled the words of Numbers 10:35, where Moses used this phrase as the children of Israel broke camp in the wilderness. ii. (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. LORD, how many are my foes! David, deserted by his subjects, derided by Shimei, pursued for his crown and life by his ungracious son, turns to his God, makes his supplications, and confesses his faith. James Montgomery Boice points out that since these titles are in the canonical text of the Hebrew Bible, “They are to be taken with absolute seriousness throughout.” The events are recorded in 2 Samuel 15-18, but the heart of David at that difficult time is recorded in this psalm. Those who said this probably didn’t feel that God was unable to help David; they probably felt that God was unwilling to help him. Search Scripture through, and you must, if you read it with a candid mind, be This thought was most painful of all for David – the thought that God might be against him and that there is no help for him in God. Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. c. Broken the teeth of the ungodly: This vivid metaphor is also used in Psalm 58:6. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Psalms : Volume 3 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms): Psalms 90-150. Prodente clypeo vulneratus sum, I am betrayed by my shield, said Brasidas the Lacedaemonian, when he was wounded through it (Plutarch). "I cried unto the Lord with my voice." what a shield that though he was driven from his capital in contempt and scorn, he should yet I shall be free in my very prison. There is a sleep of holy confidence; God help us so to close our eyes! free gift of himself to thee, if this greatest of all blessings be upon thee, had spoken against him; God, therefore, has smitten them upon the cheek bone. Psalm 3:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 3:3, NIV: "But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high." "So he Psalms : Volume 3 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms): Psalms 90-150 - Kindle edition by Goldingay, John. certainly have kept him on tiptoe, watching for an enemy. tribulations also! EasyEnglish Psalms Tweet: Tell your friends about this website! Many are they who rise up against me. comfortless. The lifter up of mine head - Thou wilt restore … teeth, and let them say what they will, their toothless jaws shall not be able Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. Save me, O my God! Verse 6. Salvation belongs to the LORD. This verse contains the sum and substance of Calvinistic doctrine. David's faith enabled him to lie down; anxiety would This is the first psalm with a title: A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. Psalm 3 Commentary Verse 8. Psalm 3:3, KJV: "But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head." Hallelujah! David was a military man, and often alludes to military affairs; and borrows words from thence, expressive of his great security from the Lord; see ( Psalms 18:2) . PSALM THREE PARAPHRASE PSALM 3 A Psalm of David when he fled from, his son Absalom 0 Lord, so many are against me, So many seek to harm me. Psalm 3 is the third Psalm of the Bible. Your blessing is upon Your people. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. - I watched a video on YouTube of a team of firemen and EMT’s who heard a cry for help from miles away. I cried unto the Lord with my voice — By prayer I commended myself to the divine protection; and he heard me out of his holy hill — Out of heaven, so called Psalm 15:1. Most people think it speaks of a reflective pause, a pause to meditate on the words just spoken. Psalm 3 follows a simple pattern and draws on familiar scriptural themes, as follows: - Bei My glory and the One who lifts up my head. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. me round about." Psalm 3. – Peace in the Midst of the Storm. 1 have so many enemies, 2 So many say that God will never help me, 3 But Lord, You are my shield, my glory, and my only hope. the number or wisdom of his enemies. Psalm 3:6 "I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set [themselves] against me round about." Buckling on his harness for the day's battle, our hero sings, "I Think of it: you are asleep, unconscious, dead to the world – yet you breathe, your heart pumps, your organs operate. a. It may also be a musical instruction, for a musical interlude of some kind. Psalms 3:3 But thou, O LORD, [art] a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. The story of Absalom is found in the 2 … He didn’t pray for preservation and victory in the trial with Absalom just for his own sake, but because it was best for the nation. succeeds it with greater earnestness, for surely there is always something Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. “There is no help for him in God.” Selah. A Psalm of David, n when he fled from Absalom his son. You alone can lift my head, now bowed in shame.l 4 I cried out to the Lord, and He heard me from His May we learn, in this respect, to glory in My glory and the One who lifts my head: God was more than David’s protection. 3 O L ord, o how many are my foes! A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. Verse 8. The story of Psalm 3. 2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. You can also change some of your preferences. When he fled from his son Absalom. iota of it, belongs to the Most High God. Surely, silent prayers are heard. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Psalms 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is written by one of the most influential men of the modern Christianity movement. But thou, O Lord, [art] a shield for me Or "about me" F1 protecting and defending me. will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against Though I hang my head in sorrow, I shall very soon lift it b. Psalm 3 is attributed to David, in particular, when he fled from Absalom his son. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. An excellent divine has well remarked--"This quietude They This is a The LORD Himself still held that ground and would hear and help David from His holy hill. who hearkens to me from the seventh heaven, and he hath, heard me out of his I cried to the LORD with my voice, the word of God: "Salvation belongeth unto the Lord." beasts, and he declares that God hath broken their jaws, so that they could not Arise, O LORD; "Selah:" How many rise up against me! i. It speaks of the total domination and defeat of the enemy. entirely, a shield above, beneath, around, without and within. glory of it." Thou art "my glory." Yes, His only hope is in his God, but that is so strong a confidence, This wasn’t a prayer asking God to fulfill this; this is a strong declaration of fact: You, O LORD, are a shield for me. for the Lord to stand up, and all is well. Verse 3. up in joy and thanksgiving. required to lift up our hearts in grateful song. Verse 7. We need LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! All Rights Reserved. Absalom wanted to become king so he attacked David. of God; and if by humble faith thou art enabled to see Jesus as thine by his own 5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. There may be You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Psalm 3:8. “Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people.” Now, I believe this is where the Psalmist praises God for his deliverance from increasing opposition. There is no help for him in God: David’s situation was so bad that many felt he was beyond God’s help. "For the Lord sustained me." thing to have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings. 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