Psalm Three

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

A Psalm of David. Of the 150 psalms, all but thirty-four have some sort of title affixed to them, and these titles seem to be essentially as old as the psalms themselves. Presumably they should be accepted as part of the inspired text. David's name is attached to seventy-three of the psalms, but he also must have written at least a few of the anonymous psalms. Psalm 2, for example, does not have David's name in the text, but Peter ascribed it to him in quoting from it (Acts 4:25).

Psalm 3:1 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

many are they. The rebellion of Absalom drew many followers, so that David had to flee Jerusalem (2 Samuel 15:12-14). This is the background of Psalm 3, but it also reflects the experiences of Christ, as well as those of many followers of Christ through the centuries.

Psalm 3:2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah

Selah. This word, indicating a pause for reflection, occurs seventy-one times in the book of Psalms, first of all here in Psalm 3:2 (also in Psalm 3:4, 8). In effect it divides this psalm into three stanzas.

Psalm 3:3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Psalm 3:4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah

Psalm 3:5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

and slept. A person trusting fully in God can sleep under the most difficult of circumstances (Psalm 4:8; 127:2; Acts 12:6).

Psalm 3:6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

Psalm 3:7 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.

Psalm 3:8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah

belongeth unto the Lord. Salvation is not the result of either human works or human choice, but is altogether of grace (Ephesians 2:8-10).