A Psalm of David When He Fled from Absalom His Son.
1      Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!
are they who rise up against me. 
2      Many are they who say of me,
There is no help for him in God.”

3      But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head. 

4      I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill.


5      I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the
Lord sustained me. 
6      I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set
themselves against me all around. 
7      Arise, O Lord;
Save me, O my God!
For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. 

8      Salvation belongs to the Lord.
Your blessing
is upon Your people.
I.   Introduction
          Psalm 3 is basically talking about the matter of having a “Peaceful trust in God”. In this time of deep and awful anguish for David, a time when his son Absalom rebelled against him, this wonderful Psalm lays out for us a powerful example of how the godly man can sort these matter out, seeing them in a godly, and so, right and God glorifying manner.
           ·  Absalom rebelled against him, 1–2, 
           ·  David found God as his glory, as his shield (protector) and as his encourager, 2–3; 
           ·  as the One who answered his prayers, 4; and 
           ·  as the One who gave him peace and deliverance, 5–8.
          King David is especially interesting and instructive to believers in that he does not simply speak about the good times and aspects of his life in the Psalms.  Of course, David was a Prophet of God and wrote under the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit, but it is interesting and instructive that all of life, every part, is a part of his narrative here in Psalms.  The transparency that is a part of David’s life (that is to the readers of the Bible - not necessarily to all those whom David came in contact with) is a marvelous example for us in the way in which we ought to see that we present ourselves to those around us.
          We could give a brief outline of the Psalm in this fashion:
          1.      The Psalmist’s Predicament (3:1, 2)
          2.      The Psalmist’s Peace (3:3–6)
          3.      The Palmist’s Prayer (3:7, 8)
I.          The Psalmist’s Predicament (3:1, 2)
               1  Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! 
               Many are they who rise up against me. 
               2  Many are they who say of me, 
There is no help for him in God.” 
          This first part of the Psalm speaks of David’s experience, what he has seen.  It seems to lay out the desperate situation he faces, underscored with its 2x repetition of many. We should notice also that he uses the plural “they” 3x in these first two verse.  The general description here ties in well with 2 Sam. 15:12–13 (“many”) and 16:8 (“no salvation for him”).
         Note that verse 1 pretty much speaks of protection from earthly enemies and prefigures protection from the ultimate evils of Satan, sin, and death (Heb. 2:14–15). God the Father delivered Christ from his enemies in his resurrection (Acts 3:13–15), and that is the basis for our deliverance (Rom. 4:25).  You and I will one day see that same deliverance at the time we emerge from our earthly existence and walk into our eternity with our Lord and Master in glory.  
         I do want to note that David is very detailed about that which he has concern about and which is ‘afflicting” him.  He first uses the word “trouble” him which identifies the ones spoken of as his “adversaries”.  It is indeed a plural noun and looks at the target in view in a general fashion including all of those who set themselves against him (David).  He says that they have “increased”.  The interesting thing here is that this surely seems as though he is saying that the number of the ones in view has (and may still be) increased.  There are more of them now than there we some bit ago.  However, this may not, strictly speaking, be the case.  It may be that David is saying that the actual afflictions are what is in view.  However, looking at the second part of the verse, it is indeed talking about the number of people in view, which will complicate the number of afflictions.  
         We clearly see a double reference (at the end of verse 1 and at the beginning of verse 2) to multiple persons (“many”).  There were a number of people that had set themselves and had even taken active steps in opposing and attacking David.  
          It is also interesting that David uses a unique word at the end of verse 1.  An increased number of people have troubled him and also an increased number have “risen up” against him.  The word used for “rise up” is the Hebrew word “qa̅mîm” referring to the active action of rebellion.

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