In the photo above, I am watching my daughter get bathed at the hospital the night she was born. I had a few hours sleep the previous night and it had been the longest day. But how quickly our hearts get knit to our children!
Check out the “title” of Psalm 3:
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
(Check out the back story to this Psalm in 2 Samuel 13-18, or go back a few more chapters to see how imperfect David himself is.)
David’s son, Absalom, is stealing David’s throne and declaring war on his own father. He is committing grievous sexual sins in his father’s house. He is assembling thousands to hunt his father down and kill him… This is the kid David rocked to sleep as a baby. Put yourself in David’s shoes.
On the run. From his son.
Out goes David, leaving the city of David, fleeing from his son Absalom—from Jerusalem, into the wilderness. And Absalom is winning. He has”stolen the hearts of the people.”
David is walking up the Mount of Olives “weeping as he went, barefoot and with his head covered” (2 Sam. 15:30). At some point David composed a prayer, the third Psalm, which begins like this:
O LORD, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
Now when we read the word Selah, we should pause and think about what has been said. Process it…
What was David feeling and where did he turn for help? To whom did he go and what did he say?
When Jesus was walking up the Mount of Olives (Matthew 26:30-46), what was He feeling and where did He turn for help? To whom did He go and what did He say?
How is David similar to Christ here? How is he very different?
And you dear one, are you following the steps of David and Christ here? What are you feeling and where are you turning for help?
Go to the Father and pour out your sorrow. Know that Jesus has drank every drop. He will wipe away every tear.
Christ is the lifter of your head.