Bible Reading: Psalm 3
O LORD, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
Many are saying of my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.
But You, O LORD, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
I was crying to the LORD with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.
I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the LORD sustains me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.
Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God!
For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek;
You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the LORD;
Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.
At the end of verses 2, 4 and 8 you will notice the word “Selah”. This is the first time we see this in the Book of Psalms but it will occur in 70 other Psalms. It is similar to what we would call a musical interlude where the congregation would meditate on the words just sung with music playing in the background. It calls us to think about the words we are singing.
Psalm 3 is a song King David wrote as he fled from a rebellion led by his son Absalom. Imagine David leaving his palace in the capitol city of Jerusalem and running to the wilderness for safety. There he would have to regroup and battle a family member in order to regain his kingdom.
As you read through these verses you will release the emotions from times past when people close to you turned against you. You will recall those times and hope it never happens again. But if it were, this Psalm will equip you to handle it in the power of God.
David’s adversaries had increased to the point that most saw his impending doom. They thought the possibility for his deliverance was finished (1-2). Yet David knew that the Lord was his shield (defense) and a God who tenderly lifts his head (3). Furthermore, the Lord listened to David’s crying (4) and gave him rest and sleep when most would lay awake all night (5). Refreshed, David found new courage to face this rebellion in the strength of God (6).
Practice the “selah” today. Read this Psalm and reflect on the power of the words. Don’t rush over them. You too will find the “Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people!” (8).
Weekly Memory Verse: How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1.1-2