Many of the psalms are beautiful expressions of trust in God’s providence and salvation. They encourage our faithfulness by reminding us that God is faithful to His Word and loving toward His people. While the specifics may not directly apply, the general principles are a source of comfort and strength as we face difficulties. Psalm 3 is a sublime example of this presentation of trust in the Almighty.
The heading for the psalm indicates that this was a psalm David wrote when he fled from Absalom’s kingdom takeover (2 Samuel 15-18). A time of distress, confusion, and mourning, David’s enemies gloated while his followers wept. They were bleak days, and from what we see in verses 1 and 2, everything seemed hopeless. He longed for salvation that many thought impossible.
“LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, ‘There is no help for him in God.'”
Our Salvation Is The Same As David’s
We may never have a coup conspired against a kingdom we hold, but all of us can relate to this to some degree. Mountains of frustration and defeat pile upon us sometimes. You might have even been at a point where it looked like God Himself would turn His back on you. The feelings of hopelessness can change your perspective about life and living. The only hope we have in those situations is to remember.
Remember the salvation of God.
Even when things look their darkest, our hope in Him will sustain us because He is ever faithful and loving.
“But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill.”
What privilege we have to pray to our Father!
Even in turmoil, we need not despair.
You Are Not Without Hope With God
Loneliness, heartache, sorrow, mourning–these are all temporary though they never feel like it. Our darkest days will eventually see light as long as we hold on to the hope we have been given. Don’t let the darkness win. Strive for the light by putting your confidence and faith in God’s solutions. When we do, we learn to cope. We learn to adjust. Growth springs from within and we learn the meaning of peace.
“I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people.”
The point of this psalm rings out: Salvation belongs to the Lord.