Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”
Psalm 3 is the first psalm with the title: A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. The psalm echoes events recorded in 2 Samuel 15-18. It is for this reason that David Guzik gives the psalm the title: Peace in the Midst of the Storm. The psalm was written at a time when David was really in the midst of the storm. They were a rebellion in his kingdom and to make matters worse it was led by his own son the heir to the throne. Even his trusted friends have abandoned him and he was now in a situation of confusion and distress. This is why he is asking the questions: Lord, how many are my foes! How many rises up against me!
His situation has become so bad that it seemed irreversible and many people were now thinking that God had abandoned him. This is why some people were now saying that ¨God will not deliever him¨ From the Israelite perspective David had committed serious sins hence God has abandoned him. In life, we reach a time of crisis where we think that God has abandoned us. Sometimes even those surrounding us will think the same. What are the lessons to be learned from this Psalm?
- No one is immune to problems even those in the palace.
- When we are confronted with a crisis even those closest to us can abandon us.
Like David, we should not stop crying to God even when we have a feeling that he has abandoned us.