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I am beginning to read through the Psalms in my devotions. I will try to start commenting on some of them and hopefully you who read will be blessed by our Lord Jesus.

Psalm 3 (ESV)

O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
there is no salvation for him in God. Selah

3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

5 I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.

7 Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.

8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people! Selah

Tough times come upon those who believe. Whether it be as simple as common sickness or as complex as divorce and loss, treacherous times will come and they will threaten to take our eyes off of the cross of Christ. David has suffered things we will never experience. He has conquered enemies in holy wars and he has been threatened by his own king. He bears the responsibility, though he may not have known the extent of his importance in redemptive history, of being from the line which our Savior would come and of being a type of the Christ. On top of this he functions as the king of the people of God. His enemies are vast and they have surrounded him on all sides. They taunt him and his God. All seems to be falling in front of him.

But God is David’s protection; he is his glory. God is David’s rescue; he sustains the life he has given. Because of whose he is, David can be confident in the midst of trouble. He can stand strong in the face of thousands upon thousands of enemies. The Creator of the universe, the One who holds all things together, is the one who delivers from trouble; he is the One who saves us. The Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, brings salvation to his people. He is the mediator between God and man. He has delivered us from sin and death so that we can stand strong in this life because of the assurance we have in the life to come.

This salvation that God brings through his son belongs to Yahweh. Literally in Hebrew, “To the Lord is salvation.” “Salvation from from first to last, in every iota of it, belongs to the Most High God. It is God that chooses his people. He calls them by his grace; he brings them life by his Spirit, and keeps them by his power. It is not of man, neither by man” (Spurgeon. Psalms Volume 1. Crossway Classic Commentaries, 1993, pg. 11). God brings this salvation without the help of man.

Those whom God chooses to save are those who receive his blessing. Literally, “Upon your people is your blessing.” Paul echoes this in Ephesians: “God and Father…who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing” (1:3). God not only converts sinners, but also blesses them with the life that is in Christ Jesus. We have been chosen to experience joy, holiness, righteousness, obedience, and love. All of these things were foreign to us as much as we were foreign to God. Now we are able to stand in his presence because of the work of his beautiful Son, Jesus Christ.

When we call to him, “Arise!” or “Save me!” we can be assured that he will come. This assurance allows us to persevere in this life despite of the threats of our enemies. We wait together with David for the day that will come when God vindicates us by destroying our enemies. “For you, God, will strike all of my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.” We can rejoice in our just and patient Lord who offers salvation to us and our enemies, but to those who do not repent he will severely punish.

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