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Psalm 3

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

King James Version
1 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.1


References and notes
1.  King James Authorized Version
2.  SDA Bible Commentary Vol. 3 pgs 635, 637

 

 

Music for Psalm 3

Click on image for song preview of Psalm 3. The music was composed in 2007.  Psalm 3 features on the CD album The Complete Psalms: Psalms 1-10.
 

 
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Division

This psalm has been termed A Morning Prayer. It is the cry of the soul in the presence of danger; of trouble relieved by the passing of the night. It is closely related to Ps. 4, An Evening Prayer, which may be considered its sequel. There are four stanzas:
(1) the present danger (vs. 1,2),
(2) the recollection of help in the past (vs. 3,4),
(3) the sense of security in the midst of the present danger (vs. 5,6), and
(4) the prayer for triumph over enemies (v. 7).
(5) An exclamation of confidence with a prayer for God's blessing on His people, concludes the poem (v. 8).2

 

 

 

Background to Psalm 3

"Spent with grief and the weariness of his flight, he with his company had tarried beside the Jordan for a few hours' rest. He was awakened by the summons to immediate flight. In the darkness the passage of the deep and swift-flowing stream must be made by that whole company of men, women, and little children: for hard after them were the forces of the traitor-son" (Ed 164, 165). In the hours of darkest trial, David sang this sublime hymn of trust in God in the face of the enemy (see PP 741, 742). In the midst of the poem there is a sudden dramatic change from the weariness and depression of the night to the trust and triumphant faith of the new morning. It is said that the Huguenots in Conde's army during the French religious wars sang this psalm at the time of relieving the sentry.2
 

 

Psalms Song Category

The Psalms Song Category is a great starting point for searching the songs which make up this music category. The song category page contains Daily Scriptures and easy links to song previews and song pages. The song pages include interesting background information and commentary about the songs and the Bible author. Sometimes there are links to related web pages including Bible Quotes, Sermons, Music samples, and Bible Puzzles.
 




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