Psalm 3 is titled “Morning Prayer of Trust in God” and subtitled “A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absolom his son.”
Imagine that your son had just stolen the kingdom from you and is trying to kill you. You have to flee for your life. Your most trusted friends try to go with you, but you have to tell them no because you are worried about their safety. Then, because you are a godly man, you turn to your creator and pray this prayer: “O LORD, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me.” Is that an understatement or what? Your enemies are saying that God will not deliver you. It seems that God has abandoned you. The worst thing that you can imagine is happening, your own family has turned against you. What do you do?
David, in this situation turns to God. He knows that God was the one that gave him the kingdom. He saw how God took the kingdom away from Saul. He is very aware of his sin with Bathsheba. Why would God continue to be his rock? He has transgressed the almighty God. Still, David places his trust in God! “But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory and the One who lifts my head.” David knows that whatever God does is the right thing to do. I notice in this Psalm that David does not ask for deliverance, he just places his trust in God for whatever outcome He ordains.
How many of us could do the same?