Confidence in Prayer (Psalm #3)

Text: Psalm 3

When David sinned with Bathsheba and ordered the death of her husband, Uriah, although David repented when the prophet Nathan confronted him, he set in motion a series of devastating consequences. David’s oldest son, Amnon, raped his half-sister, Tamar. Tamar’s brother, Absalom, took revenge by murdering Amnon. Absalom fled into exile for several years, but later was permitted to return. But after his return, David refused to see his wayward son for two years. The resentment built and Absalom began to court the disgruntled people in the kingdom, offering himself as a more sympathetic leader than his powerful father was.  

Finally, Absalom pieced together a strong conspiracy. Even adding Ahithophel, Bathsheba’s grandfather, who was David’s chief of staff, set out to gather an army against David.  David realized that to survive, he had to flee the capital immediately with all of his supporters and their families. All of his servants and their little ones hastily grabbed what they could and took off towards the wilderness. David followed them, weeping, and walking barefoot with his head covered in shame. To add insult to injury, a man named Shimei, from the family of King Saul, came out as David passed by. He cursed at David, threw stones at him, and accused him of being a worthless man who had brought about his own downfall by being a man of bloodshed.

On top of that, Ziba, the wealthy man David appointed to take care of the handicap Mephibosheth, tells David that Mephibosheth has turned to support the house of Saul against David.  This after David showed Mephibosheth tremendous grace.  After David tells Ziba to do as he sees fit, Mephibosheth meets David and explains that Ziba has tricked both David and Mephibosheth.  David is completely exhausted by this time, so he tells Mephibosheth that whatever is done is done.

Now this is the context that David writes this psalm or song, which is also a prayer.  And you’ll find the right kind of music often acts as a congregational prayer.

David looks to the Lord (vss 1-2)

  • Prophetic side of this is the tribulation.  And David is the voice of the faithful few in the nation of Israel in time of tribulation.
  • Mounting opposition
    • It’s one thing to be opposed by enemies who don’t like you anyway.  And really don’t make any difference to you.
    • It’s another thing when your opposition has all the power on their side.
    • It’s another thing when your opposition is your own flesh and blood.  Someone who has been very close to you.
  • Multiplied adversaries
  • Many accusers
    • They’ll say, See, that is judgment on your wickedness.
    • When Jesus Christ was crucified, the religious leaders shot out their lips like poochy faces toward Jesus Christ and wagged their heads because they took his death to mean judgment of God on his wicked life.
  • But David’s focus is not his enemies; it’s the Lord.
    • Good music focuses on the Lord and the Lord’s work.
    • The godless will turn to alcohol, relationships, drugs, or work.

David recognizes the Lord (vss 3-4)

  • Shield
    • God is not a shield for everyone, but He is for David.
    • Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
    • Romans 8:31-39 is God’s defense of the faithful.  It only applies to the faithful.
  • My glory
    • The glory is the image you’re taking after.  You can see it negatively in Romans 1:23.
    • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
  • Lifter of mine head
  • …and he heard me…
    • God moves based on the prayers of his people.
    • The angels went back to Sodom to get Lot because Abraham prayed in Genesis 18.
    • Jonah is spit back out on land by the whale because he prayed.

David trusts in the Lord (vss 5-8)

  • Prayer is not a lucky charm.  You know; let me rub my rabbit’s foot, let me check my horoscope, let me send up a prayer to the man upstairs, let me put on my lucky shoes.  Whatever the superstitions are.
  • David prays and David trusts in the Lord.
  • It results in his rest.
  • It results in his boldness.
    • Physically, David is being hunted.  He is outnumbered.
    • The multitudes are against you if are going to stand on the Bible.
    • Faith replaces fear.
  • Even so, come Lord Jesus!
  • Knocked the teeth out.