Pastor H.B. Charles tells the following story about a woman he knew who showed up at church and prayed the same simple prayer. “O Lord, thank you Jesus,” she prayed week after week. The kids at church would start laughing every time she opened her mouth because they knew it would be the same prayer—”O Lord, thank you Jesus.”
Finally somebody asked her, “Why do you pray the same little prayer?” She said, “Well, I’m just combining the two prayers that I know. We live in a bad neighborhood and some nights there are bullets flying and I have to grab my daughter and hide on the floor, and in that desperate state all I know how to cry out is, ‘O Lord.’ But when I wake up in the morning and see that we’re okay I say, ‘Thank you Jesus.’ When I got to take my baby to the bus stop and she gets on that bus and I don’t know what’s going to happen to her while she’s away, I cry, ‘O Lord.’ And then when 3:00 P.M. comes and that bus arrives and my baby is safe, I say, ‘Thank you Jesus.'”
She said, “Those are the only two prayers I know and when I get to church God has been so good I just put my two prayers together, “O Lord, thank you Jesus.”
DAVID’S OPPOSITION (1-2)
You might think a King would be would be immune from trials and trouble. But no one is, even the greatest King of Israel. In Psalm 3, a lament, he has his own “Oh Lord” moment. His son Absalom was leading a growing a vocal insurrection. The polls were in and most believed God would not save him this time.
DAVID’S PROTECTION (3-6)
However, David had history with the God of Israel. Before facing Goliath, David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37). David believed that God, “is the same yesterday, and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Take careful note of verse three. It does not say the Lord is a shield before him, but around him. To get to David they first had to go through God. Good luck! God verses ten thousand, no problem.
DAVID’S PETITION (7)
His enemies, were certain there is “no deliverance from God,” 3:2. This was an affront to God’s person and promises to David, see 2 Samuel 7:8-16. While David’s prayer might seem a bit severe to Christians today, if understood as an affront to God, it is not. Those opposing David were ultimately opposing the God of Israel. This brings severe consequences.
DAVID’S ADORATION (8)
David was delivered. (Note this is the third use of the word for salvation or deliverance, (3:2, 7, 8). And now he gave credit to Whom credit was and always is due, our loving Heavenly Father. It is a blessing to be called His people.
This is a wonderful Psalm showing how to move from trial to triumph.
I hope you will join us this Sunday in person, or online.