Ep.023: Psalm 3: Disaster has Struck!

Hi, I’m Daniel Westfall on the channel “Pray with Me”.

Psalm 1 showed us an individual who is preparing to pray. Psalm 2 showed the world stage where prayer and politics are playing out. Now, in Psalm 3, we get down to the business of praying.

Psalm 3 has a subtitle that says, “A psalm of David when he fled from his son, Absalom.” Absalom was King David’s third son, so he wasn’t in line for the throne. But he had skill and ambition, so he won the hearts of the people of Israel, he proclaimed himself king in the city of Hebron, and he prepared to march on the capital city, Jerusalem, where his father David was king.

When David heard that Absalom was coming, he fled with his army and household to escape the coming terrorism and instability. As the convoy of refugees passed towns and villages, many who loved King David wept for him. David also wept on the road up the Mount of Olives, where many years later on this same mountain, Jesus, the son of David, would experience his betrayal.

Here are three things to notice about David’s prayer in Psalm 3.

1.  First, the prayer comes out of heartbreak, pain, loss, and desperation. David’s own son betrayed him and was preparing a violent coup. David doesn’t want to fight against his son, but circumstances may force him to.

2.  Second, at the beginning of the prayer, David’s focus is on his enemies: “Many rise up against me, many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’” But David’s focus soon turns to God. He says, “You are a shield around me.” Think of Star Wars, where the Death Star is shielded by a force field until Han Solo takes out the shield generator. God is our shield, and no evil empire or rebel alliance can take him out of the picture.

3.  Third, David chooses not to be paralyzed with fear. He doesn’t brood on all the bad things that are happening. He says, “I lie down and sleep, I wake again because the Lord sustains me.” Whether Absalom kills him or he kills Absalom, God is in charge. Might as well get a good night’s sleep.

Let’s pray.

“O Lord, how many are my enemies, how many say of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’”
– We bring to you our enemy anxiety. Our relationships are full of misunderstandings and stress. But we let go of the anxiety and replace it with trust in you.
– We bring to you our enemy self-pity. We are lonely, overworked, our health is failing, we are tired and poor. But we choose to exit our pity-party, and wait hopefully for the salvation you bring.

“You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory and the One who lifts my head high.”
– We choose to stop looking at life with head hanging down. We want to see more than our feet. You are the one who lifts our head to see the shining sun, even when life seems black.
– We choose to stop looking at life with head hanging down. We want to see more than our feet. You are the one who lifts our head to see the shining sun, even when life seems black.

“I lie down and sleep, I awake again because you, Lord, sustain me.”
– Here we are, “Sleepless in Seattle” or wherever we live, brooding on the chaos and failure of our lives.
– But you have given us the day for work and the night for sleep. We commit to you our joys and sorrows, our relationships–broken or repaired, our hopes–dashed or renewed. We receive from you the gift of sleep, and the promise of a new day tomorrow.

Thank you, Lord. Amen.

I’m Daniel on the channel “Pray with Me”.


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