Thou, O Lord (Psalm 3)

David writes a psalm in which he cries out to God while being chased by his own son, Absalom, who would take the throne from him and be king.  He starts by bemoaning the fact that he has had an increase in those who trouble him, and that he is considered doomed, without a chance to survive.  David, however, responds to his presumed plight with the following worshipful verse,

“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.”

David goes on to declare that he is sleeping well, unafraid of those who are against him.  He calls upon the Lord to save him, recounting the many times He has struck David’s enemies and “broken the teeth of the ungodly.”  He ends the poetic ode to the Lord by saying,

“8 Salvation belongs to the Lord.

Your blessing is upon Your people.

This psalm has benn made into a song that our choir sings.  It is absolutley one of my favorites to hear them sing.  Besides the fact that they do a wonderful job, this song simply reminds me and reminds us that even when our enemies seem destined to overwhelm us, the Lord is still a shield for me, my Glory and the Lifter of my head.  He will sustain us and give us rest in the midst of struggle.  Trust in Him, for He will hear our cry from His holy hill!

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