His own son had seized power by stealth, stealing the hearts of the Israelite people by advertising himself as a judge of the people. King David had not been the best father when it came to correcting his sons’ bad behavior. Now his son Absalom had taken control of Jerusalem and was ruling over Israel, while David had fled to the east. (2 Samuel 14-17). He wrote this psalm during this crisis, and in it, he affirms his faith and trust in God to save him from his son’s treachery. David begins the psalm by acknowledging that Absalom had build up a strong following of enemies looking to kill him, believing that God was on their side. David contrasts this with the reality that God is his shield and protector, the One who enables him to keep his head up and maintain his kingship.
David writes of how he prayed to the Lord and received an assuring answer. Despite his life being under threat, he tells of being able to lie down and sleep at night, without fear of how big the army was that was backing Absalom. His petition in the last stanza of Psalm 3 (verses 7-8), calls upon God to save him from this effort to kill him, recognizing that God deals with his enemies in a very powerful and forceful way. The reason is that salvation is God’s possession and provision, and grants it to those who earnestly seek Him.
This psalm can serve as a morning prayer for anyone who becomes a target of attack, harassment, character assassination, or outright oppression, with others seeking to destroy their lives. You don’t have to be somebody as important as a king to experience threats against your life, family, or well-being. I’ve been battling with people for over a decade who’ve been totally committed to turning me into the opposite of everything I am as a man, a husband to a loving woman, and a Christian. I’ve been the target of a very aggressive campaign by the militant LGBTQ rights movement and their Marxist supporters to brainwash me through psychiatry into joining them in the queer lifestyle, waving the rainbow flag, and carrying the banner for the Marxist Utopian Deep State, as its known by many. I’ve learned that militant gay rights activists who want more queer sex partners won’t take “No” for an answer unless something happens to them that causes them to back down. That’s left me in a perpetual combat mode against these people and the very powerful and wealthy pro-Marxist organization backing them. They’ve utilized the apartment building Julie and I have been living in with its wooden floors to do illegal surveillance on us, interfering with my computers, monitoring my phone, and blocking me from the means of earning a living. They’ve subjected us to physical assault with various toxic substances blown up through our ventilation ducts and our floors to cause respiratory problems.
Through all of this, I’ve had to learn how to trust God with the battle and the people involved and pray for God’s saving work among them, and His deliverance of me from their evil plot. I’ve had to learn to lie down at night and rest in the arms of Jesus, trusting Him to protect me from anything these people might do to me, and from Satan and his demon cohorts trying to take possession of me. I can join with David in saying, “Salvation belongs to the Lord.”