Daily Devotional Sunday 30th May 2021

by William Moody

Psalms 3–4

Save Me, O My God

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

3:1   O LORD, how many are my foes!
    Many are rising against me;
  many are saying of my soul,
    “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah1
  But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
    my glory, and the lifter of my head.
  I cried aloud to the LORD,
    and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
  I lay down and slept;
    I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
  I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
    who have set themselves against me all around.
  Arise, O LORD!
    Save me, O my God!
  For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
    you break the teeth of the wicked.
  Salvation belongs to the LORD;
    your blessing be on your people! Selah

Answer Me When I Call

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

4:1   Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
    You have given me relief when I was in distress.
    Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
  O men,2 how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
    How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
  But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself;
    the LORD hears when I call to him.
  Be angry,3 and do not sin;
    ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
  Offer right sacrifices,
    and put your trust in the LORD.
  There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
    Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”
  You have put more joy in my heart
    than they have when their grain and wine abound.
  In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
    for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Footnotes

[1] 3:2 The meaning of the Hebrew word Selah, used frequently in the Psalms, is uncertain. It may be a musical or liturgical direction
[2] 4:2 Or O men of rank
[3] 4:4 Or Be agitated

(ESV)

Psalm 3 was written by David when his son Absalom rebelled against him. (see 2 Samuel 15:1-17) Absalom was very popular with the people and they soon turned to support him against King David which meant David had to flee for his life.

Verses 1 & 2 depict a very hopeless situation for David, yet he faces it in an amazing manner due to his faith in God (v3-4). It is as David takes his eyes off the situation and unto God that his outlook changes. This is something we have to do when faced with great trials. We need to be disciplined to meditate on God’s greatness, His power, majesty and love. We need to look at our situation in life with the eyes of faith.

David can go on; he can face the enemy (even 10,000) because of his awareness of God’s greatness (v5-6). He has peace that can’t be taken away which comes from his relationship with the Lord. He knows that despite dark days, the Lord will bring victory, salvation and blessing to His people (v7-8).

What a glorious hope, but we need to trust in the Lord and seek His will, for this to be true for us! David’s faith was because he knew the Lord so well. How well do you know the Lord?

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