David was in a very difficult situation. He was king and his son Absalom, waged war against his father so he could become king. Absalom had already disrupted their household when he slept with David’s wives and then he had an army looking for David. David still greatly loved his son. His heart was broken. David was on the run from Absalom, so he ran to the only one who had power to help him and that was God! In the end, David continued to reign because his son died from an accident (not in battle). In that time, David once again cried out to God saying his son’s name again to mourn his death.
So how did David express himself in such a great moment of family breakdown and civil war? His emotional plea to God was captured in Psalm 3.
1 O Lord, I have so many enemies;
so many are against me.
2 So many are saying,
“God will never rescue him!” Interlude
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
4 I cried out to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy mountain. Interlude
5 I lay down and slept,
yet I woke up in safety,
for the Lord was watching over me.
6 I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies
who surround me on every side.
7 Arise, O Lord!
Rescue me, my God!
Slap all my enemies in the face!
Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
8 Victory comes from you, O Lord.
May you bless your people. Interlude