Knowing Christ in Psalm 3 (pt. 2 of 3)

Psalm 3:1-2

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

These verses are where we camped out in part 1, trying to empathize with David, in his humiliation, being hunted down by his own son…

To whom is David crying?

Yahweh*—translated by LORD in all caps in most Bibles.

David addresses God by name.

And here’s an important question: To whom should we pray?

When you say “Lord” or “Father”, to whom are you speaking? Is it the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?

It is so important to read the Bible, including the Old Testament. Let’s dig our roots down into who God is. Look at His work throughout all of the Bible, from the creation of the world. Theologians call this “the history of redemption.” When we read and study the Word of God, we are studying God!

And here’s a secret (not really): the red letters are not more important than the black ones. And if you only hang out in the gospel of John, you are missing out on some Jesus. John himself says that Isaiah wrote about Jesus because he saw Him (John 12:41)! Wanna see Jesus? Thumb over to Isaiah 6 and worship!

God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Bible is Old Testament and New Testament. To get a more complete understanding—to know God—get to know Him in His entire Word.

Know the person to whom you are crying. David knew God and addressed Him based on His character, promises, and works in the “history of redemption.” We know more of that history than David did, how much more can we cry “O LORD!”, being that we see the Father in Jesus and have His very Spirit in our hearts. His Spirit compels us to cry “Abba! Father!” and His Spirit prays with/for us with groanings (Romans 8:15 and 26).

So, prayer is a humbled cry to/through/in the Trinitarian God. No dead saints helping you. No Mary. No beads or rugs or mantras. No pictures of Jesus, holy shrouds, etc… No power-ups or secret codes.

And there is only access to God in Christ (John 14:6). Those not coming to God through Christ are simply not praying to God but to an idol. A demon, actually (Deuteronomy 32:17, 1 Corinthians 10:20).

To whom did Jesus teach us to cry out? “Our Father… hallowed be Thy name.”

And what is David crying?

“O LORD, how many… many… many… ”

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

This repetition is emphatic: MANY MANY MANY are against me. David’s enemies are saying “Even God can’t (or won’t) save him now!”

And with the “Selah”, David is hinting at us to empathize, let it sink in. Don’t read this too fast—I am toast, people are spitting on me, cursing my name,  raping my loved ones, hunting me down like a dog. This is the end. It’s over…

But You, O LORD!

Psalm 3:3-4

But You, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the One who lifts my head.
I cried aloud to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

BUT YOU! GOD! Yahweh! When I am afraid, I will put my trust in YOU (Psalm 56:3)!

Nothing else will do. No other name. All hope is gone—but God!

Oh, if I could only learn this one lesson: That God is with the weak! In my weakness Christ is strong!

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. —2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Dear one, how has God lifted your head, how has He answered you?

First of all, He has answered not primarily you, but Christ. If you are His, the Lord Jesus has interceded on your behalf. He did it before you were even born (John 17).

Now God has lifted your head by His Son lowering His head for a crown of thorns.

God has answered you from His holy hill (or mountain), not with a set of commandments for you to save yourself by keeping, but with a crucifixion to pay for the commandments you broke.

God arises (Psalm 3:7) by raising Christ from the dead to break the teeth of sin and death and Satan.

It has been said that the 2 greatest words in the Bible are…

But God

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). Ephesians 2:4-5

Are those words great to you?


*We will save the YHWH/Yahweh/Jehovah explanation for a future post…
For now, know that LORD in all caps is God’s sacred name in the Old Testment, translating “YHWH”, which scholars believe is pronounced “Yahweh”. In the New Testament, the word “Lord” is used without fail, to translate “YHWH” from the Old Testament (OT). Such OT passages are applied to Jesus without qualification because Jesus is the Word (which is God) made flesh (John 1:1-3, 14, 18). Jesus is both God and man, meaning  he has both the name of God (“LORD” or “YHWH”, in the OT) and the kingly title of God (“Lord” or “Adonai”, in the OT). In keeping with the Bible, Christians usually say the name “Lord” when addressing God, with the understanding that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


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