Psalm 3 – “But You, O Lord, are a Shield About Me”

My teaching notes for Wednesday, April 28th. I am currently teaching through the book of Psalms.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching.

Psalm 3


Firsts in this Psalm

  • Lament
  • Psalm with a headingA Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom
  • Selah – Pause. Rest

MY ENEMY– vv. 1-2

David’s troubles and his enemies:

  • 2 Sam. 7:1 – Peace within the kingdom
  • 2 Sam. 11-12- David’s Sin with Bathsheba
  • 2 Sam. 12-14 – Family troubles
  • 2 Sam. 15-19 – Kingdom taken over by Absalom’s rebellion
  • 2 Sam. 17:24 – David had to flee the rebellion and wait it out across the Jordan

The enemy

  • Surrounded… Has him hemmed in. “Pressure”
  • Many and Growing

Many are saying to my soul

  • Discouragement from the depths of the soul.

There is no salvation for him in God

  • God cannot help…will not help
  • YET, God will keep His promises 1 Kings 2:12, 46

MY SHIELD – vv. 3-4

But you, O Lord

  • He cries out. – This was his battle plan.  CALL OUT TO GOD!
  • Does not address the enemy… He knows God is the one His focus needs to be one. NOT THE TROUBLES.

My Shield

  • Protector

My Glory

  • Dignity and honor

Lifter of my Head

  • As a king would life a head of a subject.  Acceptance and approval.

I Cry Aloud and He Answers

  • When he cried out, he know God would answe.

MY DELIVERER – vv. 5-8

I lay down to sleep

  • David at peace.  His confidence and assurance.

I will not be afraid (fear)

  • Even though the enemy is numerous and the trial great.

Arise, O Lord

  • Numbers 10:35 – Moses’ prayer.
  • They rose up against David.  God RAISES UP!  To rise to accomplish something.

Strike the enemies of the cheek and break their teeth

  • Defeat, Righteous judgment. Complete. Total

Salvation belongs to the Lord, Your blessing to your people

  • Deliverance and Blessing belong to the Lord


We will face trials.  We will have enemies.

  • They are not wanted nor or they enjoyed

The goal of the enemy is defeat.  To doubt our relationship with God.

  • Yet, we realize all trials are for God’s glory and our benefit.
  • Bring about our sanctification. Show us our dependance on Him.

God alone is our shield and lifter of our head

  • God is enough. Jesus is enough. –  Philippians 3:20-21

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