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David wrote Psalms when his heart was full of adoration for the Lord, but he also wrote Psalms during the critical, most difficult moments of his life. He would write declarations of faith; prayers for deliverance, calling out to God for help, but most of all, to remind himself again and again of his faith and trust in God.

This is the key to doing well when you’re in the thick of great troubles. Life is filled with trouble; Jesus said the same in John 16, “In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.” David’s troubles were epic.

To do well in the thick of great trouble, you need your faith to arise; to take courage, knowing that the Lord has overcome. Knowing that He will walk with you in that trouble and will bring you through to the other side. Psalm 3 reminds you of that great truth. Meditate on this Psalm, speak it to your own heart.

There are troubles that come simply because we live in a troubled and broken world. There are troubles that come because of afflictions and distresses brought by others against us, and there are troubles of our own making.

The troubles of our own making are often the most difficult to know how to respond to. It’s common for people to just assign themselves to the trouble, “I did this to myself; I deserve this, I’ll just have to endure it.”

How does God see it? Does God look at those troubles, the troubles of your own making, and say, “Well don’t come to Me for help, you made this mess, you can just clean it up.” I submit that God does not respond that way.

One of the things I have always loved about the Lord is that He doesn’t leave us in times of trouble, even troubles of our own making. The key is to fully trust God in those troubles, to call out to Him to help and to save.

To fully appreciate Psalm 3, we need to understand what was happening in David’s life when he wrote it. There is a little introduction written at the beginning of the Psalm which says, “A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.”

Now that’s a story worth remembering. David had been doing so well, but then he made tragic choices that brought epic consequences. All of that culminated in David fleeing Jerusalem from his son Absalom. It was his darkest hour.

David sinned terribly when he took Bathsheba as his own and then arranged for her husband to die in battle. At first, he tried to keep it to himself, but God would not have it; He sent Nathan the prophet to confront him, “You are the man,” Nathan said to him. How David responded is a life lesson. He fully trusted God to forgive; and then to rescue and save…

Psalm 32:5-7, I acknowledged my sin to You… I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin… You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.

The consequences of David’s failure began to be seen in his family. His son, Amnon, raped his half-sister, Tamar, but David, paralyzed by his own sin, took no action. Finally, Tamar's brother, Absalom, took matters into his own hands and arranged for Amnon's death. Absalom then fled the country and was banished for three years while David again took no action.

Finally, David extended mercy to Absalom and had him brought back to Jerusalem but would not see his face. For two more years, bitterness built up in Absalom’s heart because David refused to see him. Finally, Absalom pleaded to see David's face and when David agreed to see him, David kissed Absalom in full reconciliation.

But it was too late. Absalom decided to conspire against David. He provided chariots and horses for himself and 50 men as runners before him. It gave the appearance that Absalom was a mighty warrior though he had never fought in a single battle in his life.

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Pastor Matthew Dodd
Pastor Jean Marais
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Jean Marais

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