…We end the reading for Day One with Psalm 3:
This Psalm… is a personal thanksgiving to God – the One who answered the prayer of an afflicted soul. It is credited to David, in particular, when he fled from his son Absalom. David is deserted by his subjects and chided. As he is pursued for his crown and his very life, David turns to his God, makes supplications. He ultimately confesses his faith.
1 Yahweh, how my adversaries have increased! Many are those who rise up against me.
2 Many there are who say of my soul, “There is no help for him in God.”* Selah.
3 But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
4 I cry to Yahweh with my voice, and he answers me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5 I laid myself down and slept. I awakened; for Yahweh sustains me.
6 I will not be afraid of tens of thousands of people who have set themselves against me on every side.
7 Arise, Yahweh! Save me, my God! For you have struck all of my enemies on the cheek bone. You have broken the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to Yahweh. Your blessing be on your people.
* 3:2 The Hebrew word rendered “God” is “Elohim.”
Deliverance at the Hand of the Lord
Psalm Three depicts how David’s view of a troubled situation went from hopelessness to confidence: hopelessness when he had his eyes focused on his situation; confidence when he considered the Lord’s hand in the situation.
This episode in David’s life (of fleeing from his son Absalom) is found in 2 Samuel 15.
Ref: A Study in Psalms