Psalm 3: In Adversity, Trusting God

If David knew God could see his enemies, why did he say, “Do you see?”

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Psalm 3:1 David’s song when he fled from his son Absalom.
Lord, do you see how numerous my enemies are? More and more people are rising up against me.
Psalm 139:2–3 You see every time I sit or stand. No matter how distant I might think I am, you still know my thoughts.
You see everywhere I walk and know when I lie down to rest. You know everything about who I am and what I do.
King James
Psalm 3:1 <A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.> Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
Psalm 139:2–3 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

How did David feel when he saw more people rising against him?

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Psalm 3:1 David’s song when he fled from his son Absalom.
Lord, do you see how numerous my enemies are? More and more people are rising up against me.
King James
Psalm 3:1 <A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.> Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

How did David know what people were saying about him?

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Psalm 3:2 Many are saying, “David is doomed. God will not help him.” Pause and consider the plight.
King James
Psalm 3:2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

If God is our victory, why are some Christians defeated?

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Psalm 3:3 But Lord, you are my protector, my source of victory, my reason for hope.
King James
Psalm 3:3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

How effective are superficial prayers?

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Psalm 3:4 From the depth of my being I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me from his exalted throne on high. Pause to recognize how awesome God is.
James 5:16 Confess to one another your inability to make it on your own, recognizing your failures and need for God’s help. Pray for one another so you may be changed. When people come to God with a genuine desire to change, transforming power begins to work in their lives.
King James
Psalm 3:4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

What does it mean to pray from the “depth of our being”?

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Psalm 3:4 From the depth of my being I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me from his exalted throne on high. Pause to recognize how awesome God is.
King James
Psalm 3:4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

How did David get a good night’s sleep? What reasons did he have to be restless?

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Psalm 3:5–6 When I slept on my bed, the Lord protected me, so I woke up refreshed. Ten thousand people attacking me from all sides is not enough to frighten me.
King James
Psalm 3:5–6 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.)

Why did David believe God would give him the victory?

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Psalm 3:7–8 Come and save me, God. Break the jaws of my enemies, and shatter the teeth of the wicked. Victory comes through none other than you, Lord. Your blessing is upon your people. Pause to mediate on that.
King James
Psalm 3:7–8 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. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.