introductory lesson to Psalm 3 was "posted" on this Page
Thursday morning at 8:11 AM on a snowy day from a motel room in
Greenville, South Carolina)
(A Psalm of David, when he fled
from Absalom his son.)
how are they increased that trouble me! many are they
that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my
soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou,
O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up
of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice,
and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and
slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. I will not be
afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves
against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God:
for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek
bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation
belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy
Today we shall
simply "introduce" this short little Psalm. We must get
acquainted with it before we exegete it. (Exegete: to "lead
out" the meaning of a passage)
"superscript" of the Psalm: "A Psalm of
David, when he fled from from Absalom his son" Thus
David penned these precious words at one of the very lowest
times of his whole life. (A preacher once told me: "For every
SIGH ... there is a PSALM!) A passage of Scripture such as this
can be (at times) grouped into some sort of "general" heading.
That is exactly what this "superscript" does. BUT every verse
in the Psalm may not equally illuminate the topic at hand.
Spurgeon said that this Psalm has a "unity" about it. (But he
pictured it as the unity of different arrows in the same
"quiver," each to be shot at a slightly different part of the
target.) I thought that was a pretty good description.
also gives us the first Hebrew use of the noun "Psalm" in all of
Scripture. (One can find it earlier ... in 1 Chronicles 16:7
... but there please notice that our King James translators have
"psalm" comes from a Hebrew verb that means "to cut off" or to
"to prune." Isn't that interesting? The older writers believed
that the term refers to the literary technique of condensing
many words into a few words ... cutting off a lot of verbosity.
This may be so.
But I am
wondering if it may not also have a spiritual meaning as
well. This Psalm (and all the other 56 in which this word is
used) "cuts off" a lot of my selfish and fleshly emotions and
leaves only godly reactions to the problems and situations of
life! (Or as in some of the Psalms: We begin with human anger
or frustration ... only to see it "cut away" as the passage
develops ... leaving a sweet attitude of praise and submission
after God's "pruning knife" has been laid aside!)
when these Psalms are viewed as prayers (which they are in most
cases), it becomes necessary (in times of great danger and
crisis) to "cut short" lots of words and get right to the point!
Peter (who is generally very "wordy"), when he was sinking into
the water that day, prayed a very short prayer:
"Lord, save me!" (Matthew 14:30)
Anything longer and he would have been under the raging sea!
says that this Psalm is the "first" Psalm in a number of
categories! It's the first in the section of Psalms ascribed to
David (Psalms 3 through 41 except for Psalms 10 and 33). It is
the first of 13 Psalms that are superscripted with an event in
David's life (Psalms 3, 7, 18, 34, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 59, 60,
63 and 142)! What a series those would make! It is the first
of the sorrowful Psalms of "lament." And it is the first Psalm
that uses the word "selah!"
Also note that
Psalm 3 is parallel to Psalm 4 in some ways. Both speak of
sleep (3:5 and 4:8) as a gift from God Who cares for us! And
both mention the Glory of God (3:3 and 4:2)! For these reasons
the "old timers" suggested reading the 2 Psalms together! They
even called Psalm 3 the "morning" Psalm and Psalm 4 the
However ... we
ordinary believers can still identify with this great chapter!
(While it may be true that our "trials" pale in comparison to
David's here ... it also is likely that our "trust" pales in
comparison to David's as well!)
willing, tomorrow morning we shall begin our "journey" through
this little portion of God's Word!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PSALM 3, VERSE 1 ...
(This is lesson
two from the 3rd Psalm. Today we focus on verse 1 of that
great little 8 verse chapter.)
Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.) "LORD, how
are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up
against me." Psalm 3:1
In the "superscript" (written above and just
before verse 1 begins) we have two names. "David" means
"beloved." And "Absalom" means "My Father is peace." David
lived up to the meaning of his name (maybe a little too much)!
But Absalom did not! (Find out what YOUR name means ... put a
good spiritual emphasis on it ... and live up to the meaning of
your very name to the glory of God! Some names have to be
"reversed" to be applicable.)
David could literally think of God and
commune with God and worship God EVEN while running for his
life! What a lesson for us all!
The verb "trouble" is a Hebrew word ("tzsar")
that means to cramp, to constrict or put in a narrow place!
(Pressure squeezing in from all sides!) Talk about
At the time of verse one Absalom's rebellion
and attempt to kill his father has reached its peak! This is
the worst of David's danger ... and he's still talking with
God! The verb "increased" means to become many or to become
great. It's a perfect Qal verb. The "increasing" of David's
enemies is complete now. A great CROWD is against him! (Enter
Paul: "If God be for us, who
can be against us?" Romans 8:31)
"Many" ("rab" in Hebrew) not only suggest a
great number ... but CHIEF people as well. Some of David's
closest allies have betrayed him!
The verb "rise up" is a Qal participle
meaning that the uprising (while having reached its numerical
peak) is still ongoing! They are plotting David's death at the
very moment he is writing this hymn of praise! (I am amazed at
how the truly godly man or woman can remain un-detracted when it
comes to worshiping God!) A writer yesterday reminded me that
Paul wrote the GREAT Epistle of Romans (his "magnus opus" I
believe) while raising a love offering for the suffering saints
at Jerusalem! Wow!
"Against" is the Hebrew preposition "al,"
which means usually over or above! It can certainly at times
mean "against," as it does here. The "context" must determine
some meanings! But ... look at this. David's ememies are "al"
against Him. BUT SOMEONE ELSE IS ("al") OVER OR ABOVE HIM ...
HIS ALMIGHTY GOD! (Whatever your enemies are against you
... your God is greater for you!) Praise His Name!
David is here in verse one just telling God
all his troubles! Is that Scriptural? Let Peter answer.
"Casting all your care upon him; for he
careth for you." (1 Peter 5:7) Or let Jesus Himself tell
you: "Come unto me, all ye that
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
(Matthew 11:28) Or another Psalmist might be of
aid now: "God is our refuge and
strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
I so admire King David here. He was truly a
man after God's Own Heart! (Acts 13:22) Isn't it thrilling
that one's person's faith can encourage another person as well?
Listen to Paul: "We are bound to thank
God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your
faith groweth exceedingly ...." (2 Thessalonians 1:3)
See! The faith of the Thessalonians had Paul excited and
thankful and encouraged!
Lord willing, more tomorrow!
Ponder this verse today. It will help you.
Solely because it is the living Word of God!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PSALM 3, VERSE 2...
(This is the
third study in a series from Psalm 3. It was posted here on
Saturday morning, February 28, 2004 at 10:00 AM)
there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God.
Selah." Psalm 3:2
David has heard what folks are saying about
him! The news is not good! In fact I can give you an exact
quote from this time in his life: "And
thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody
man, and thou man of Belial: The LORD hath returned upon thee
all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast
reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand
of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy
mischief, because thou art a bloody man." 2
The noun "help" here is very interesting!
It's the Hebrew word "Yeshuah," and means salvation! It's the
Old Testament name Joshua ... and the equivalent of the New
Testament name Jesus! (One who saves!) The crowds are saying
that there is NO WAY God is helping David!
This is amazingly close to a cry like this"
"My God! My God! Why hast Thou forsaken
me?" Matthew 27:46 (Remember a time when the greater
Son of David ... Jesus ... left Jerusalem, crossed the brook and
prayed in Gethsemane?)
The Name for God here is Elohim, implying the
Triune Godhead! (They are saying ... if put into New Testament
terms ... that God the Father and Son and Holy Spirit has
forsaken David in his trials!)
This verse would have been a "sore stab"
indeed to the man of God David!
What then does David do?
He turns the words of his enemies into
He "brings his burdens to the Lord" and
leaves them there!
That is exactly what Hezekiah did when
attacked by the Assyrians too! Look at Isaiah 37:14-15.
"And Hezekiah received the letter from the
hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto
the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. And
Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying ...."
We should do the same.
By the way, the enemies say: "No salvation
for David!" BUT God said to David in Psalm 35:3:
"I am thy Salvation!" (Whole
verse: "Draw out also the spear, and stop
the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul,
I am thy salvation.")
In our verse today folks are putting the
worst possible "spin" on David's troubles! God is AGAINST him,
they yelled. (Job's "friends" did the same for him you will
In reality, God had not forsaken David at
all. In fact, it appears that God was chastening David for past
sins (Bathsheba)! That's far from being forsaken. In Paul's
terminology that is proof that David is the Lord's! (Hebrews
12:6 --- "For whom the Lord loveth he
chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.")
The verse implies that they said: "Even God
can't help him now!" Well, they sure did not know our God!
Our verse ends with a "selah," one of three
in this short little Psalm. We will talk more about the word at
the other verses in which it occurs ... but let's at least give
the basic definition now. It is believed to mean: pause and
think! It possibly could be a musical rest of some kind. BUT
for sure the Holy Spirit places it at critical junctures in
Scripture to remind us that something very important has just
been said and deserves our undivided attention! Attention: God
will NEVER leave you!
We have just learned today one of the devils
strongest tactics in discouraging a believer. That is: the
attempt to get the Christian to doubt the presence and help of
Jesus says in Matthew 28:20 ---
I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
May the Lord bless you as you continue studying
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PSALM 3, VERSE 3 ...
This is a fourth
study in a series from Psalm 3. All the materials are still
here for your study purposes. Just scroll down the Page.
(Today's lesson was posted Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 9:15
thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up
of mine head." (Psalm 3:3)
I have looked forward to this verse for a
while. David, in all his troubles, still has time to worship
the Lord! He extols Him magnificently!
He calls Jehovah his "Shield!" The word "magen"
is a Hebrew term signifying a small hand held "buckler" or
defensive weapon designed to ward off enemy missiles. (Buckler
is from a French word that just means "shield" anyway.)
The Hebrew word comes from a verb that means
to "hedge around" or to protect! Those hand held shields were
often round ... and David sees God's Presence round about him
... so God is his Shield! (Psalm 47:9 says:
" ... for the shields of the earth
belong unto God: He is greatly exalted.") Wow!
David further calls God his "Glory!" ("kabod")
The word literally means WEIGHT. (Something HEAVY!) David (at
least grammatically) is saying the the Lord carries more weight
with him than anything or anyone else! Also the word Glory is
apparently the indicator for all the Essence of God! ("Essence"
is a noun that comes from a Latin verb "esse" meaning "to be."
Glory is a summary term for all God is! He is a God of Glory!
All His manifold attributes equal His Glory!)
What is a "lifter up?" It is one who ("rum"
in Hebrew) brings up, holds up, promotes, etc.! See the
picture? When my head is low due to pressures and trials and
even dangers ... God lovingly comes and LIFTS ME UP lest I fall!
And ... have you noticed that if your "head"
is lifted up ... the rest of you follows! Therefore One Who
could lift your head can also lift your hands and knees and
eyes, etc. See Hebrews 12:12 ---
"Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble
What faith and what strength to so worship
God in the midst of David's circumstances (running for his very
life from his rebellious son Absalom)!
If David can praise God and list some of His
sweet Titles under those conditions ... what should Brother
Bagwell do today? And YOU?
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PSALM 3, VERSE 4 ...
This is the fifth
study in a series from Psalm 3. Today's lesson was placed on
this Page Monday morning, March 1, 2004 at 5:15 AM
"I cried unto the LORD
with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah."
Our verse today is not as complex as
David here is just telling us of his "cry"
unto the Lord. The verb "cry" ("qara in Hebrew) is used 735
times in the Old Testament! The textbook meaning is "to call
out to" someone. But there is a slight "nuance" regarding this
word that's worth mentioning. It has the root idea of
"encountering" someone (the lexicon says whether accidentally or
purposeful). It looks to us like David so far has only
"encountered" problems (and plenty of them)! But, NO! He says
he has "encountered" God Himself! Can we see God like that in
our daily life events? The verb further reveals the time sense
on crying out again and again! (Persistent prayer!)
Then, again, if you will notice our verse ...
this has to be an audible cry! David is not silent in these
prayers. He uses his "voice." The noun ("qol") is from a verb
background that means "to call aloud." There is just something
special about calling (loudly) upon God. It is mentioned again
and again in the Old Testament! Maybe we could just admit that
at times our fears are crying out within us (or our worries or
our doubts or our old sins) ... and we NEED to cry out louder to
our God who can quiet the whole situation!
But look what God did when David prayed! The
Lord "heard." The verb is "anah" and means "to eye, to heed or
to pay attention!" The word also carries the idea of then
"responding" to what one has seen! Let me show you what I
mean. In the King James Bible this verb is translated "hear" 42
times. BUT the King James translators also render this very
same verb as "answer" 242 times! So God hears David's prayers
... and also ANSWERS them! (Wow!)
The term "holy hill" is a reference to the
little mount on which the Temple would later sit. It is a
picture of God's dwelling Place! As in
"Our Father Which art in HEAVEN ...."
An old Puritan said, "When prayer leads the
soul forward ... in due time deliverance WILL bring up the
Well meaning folks often say: "God hears and
God answers prayer!" This is true. But with our verb in today's
verse: With the Lord, to HEAR IS TO ANSWER!
Then verse 4 ends ... with another "Selah."
Remember that it's a musical term. We've already seen that it
can mean: "Pause and ponder what's just been said." But another
meaning the old preachers used to give it is: "To go up, to
ascend." It was often understood that this perhaps indicated
that the choir was to sing LOUDER or "go up" in pitch and
volume, etc. BUT I WONDER if it could not also mean that we are
going UP a bit in spiritual truth as the Psalm develops. Many
passages of Scripture do "build" and intensify as they reach
For example: the first Selah here in Psalm 3
is associated with a statement about David's enemies. Here it
is again: "Many there be which say
of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah."
But our second Selah seems to be on a higher
plane! It is associated with the Lord and His great answers to
prayer! "I cried unto the LORD with my
voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah." Now
THAT'S a "higher" Selah for sure!
I can't wait to see if the third and final
Selah of our Psalm tops them all!
Lord willing, more tomorrow ... when we shall
look at the next verse.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PSALM 3, VERSE 5 ...
This is the sixth
study in a series on Psalm 3. It was posted Tuesday morning,
March 2, 2004 from a motel in Marion, North Carolina at 9:30 AM)
"I laid me down and slept; I
awaked; for the LORD sustained me."
Here David, in the midst of great danger (Absalomís
rebellion), has so trusted the Lord and is so sure of Godís
answer and protection ... that he just goes to sleep!
What a blessing such a simple thing is! To be
able to sleep is a gift from the Lord! If you do not believe so,
read Psalm 127:2 --- "It is
vain for you to rise up early, to sit up
late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so
he giveth his beloved
Some folks canít sleep due to sickness. Some
canít sleep due to worry. Some canít sleep due to guilt and sin!
Some get little sleep due to double work schedules ... just
paying the bills. If God has given you sleep ... praise Him for
I have also noticed in studying for this
verse that some of the old timers (and I do mean old
Bible commentators) applied part of this Psalm to Jesus! (I
think you can see "hints" of Jesus often in the Psalms and
absolute portraits of Him occasionally!) If so ... after all the
enemies unleashed their wrath upon Him ... after God had no help
for Him ... after He cried unto God ... He "laid down" His life
and "slept." Could this be a picture of His time in the grave?
(I am not advocating what used to be called "soul sleep" here. I
know Jesus was quite "busy" during this grave time ... but in
typology He slept.) BUT ... after a brief time, He awoke! For
the Lord "sustained" Him! (Wow!) This just could be Messianic!
Hereís a further "hint." The verb "laid down"
is in a "perfect" form as far as its "timing" goes. It means the
action was done ... over with ... not to be repeated! Jesus only
died once! (Never again!)
David next, rejoicing in Godís Hand of Safety
upon his life, says "I awaked!" Each morning we awake we should
praise the Lord God! We should put our feet on the floor saying:
"This is the day which the
LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm
Jesus also could say "I awaked" from the
sleep of death! Jesus once claimed that He would raise Himself
from the grave! Listen to Him in John 10:17-18.
"Therefore doth my Father love me, because
I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it
from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it
down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I
received of my Father." BUT Scripture also says that the
Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead in 1 Peter 3:18 ---
"For Christ also hath once suffered for
sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit."
See it! "Quickened by the Spirit!" And of course God (the
Father) raised Him from the dead! Romans 10:9 ---
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth
the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." The
Resurrection was the Word of The Triune Godhead!
"He hath done all things well!"
And lastly, "sustained" is a Hebrew verb ("samak")
which means "to uphold!" (To support!) David acknowledges the
strength and stability that comes from the Lord!
Would you agree with me this rain filled
Tuesday morning that God indeed "sustains" us! He "props" us up
so we donít fall (canít fall)!
Glory to His Name!
Lord willing, tomorrow morning we shall go to
verse 6 of Psalm 3 and study some more! I am truly enjoying this
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PSALM 3, VERSE 6 ...
This is our
seventh study in Psalm 3. It was written and posted March 3,
2004, from Marion, North Carolina, where I'm preaching in a
Look with me today at Psalm 3:6. It perhaps
pictures as clearly as any Scripture in the Bible the fact of
the fearlessness of a child of God!
not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set
themselves against me round about." Psalm 3:6
What an interesting clause: "I will not be
afraid!" Here is Davidís mind dictating to his will which in
turn commands his very emotions! Davidís mind is telling Davidís
spirit how to feel! (Paul does the very same thing when he says
to the Philippians: "Rejoice in the Lord
alway: and again I say, Rejoice." Philippians
4:4) Or just maybe fear is NOT a reaction of the emotions alone.
Maybe it is a function of the spirit! Either way, David is
Solomon addresses this issue in Proverbs 28:1
where he says: "The wicked flee when no
man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion." Then
Proverbs 29:25 adds: "The fear of
man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD
shall be safe."
I once heard a wise old preacher say that if
one fears God ... he will fear no man! But if he fears man ...
He will not fear God! That makes a lot of sense to me.
I hear Paul wanting to say something else:
"For God hath not given us the spirit of
fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2
Remember that David makes this statement
while fleeing for his life. His own son Absalom is leading a
rebellion against the King! The rebel army is growing daily it
seems. There are literally tens of thousands against the King
right now! YET HE HAS NO FEAR!!
David had "ten thousands" of enemies! BUT God
has "ten thousands" of angels! Hereís the first Bible use of the
"string" ten thousands: "And he said, The
LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined
forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of
saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them."
Deuteronomy 33:2 Ten thousands of saints (angels) at
Sinai at the giving of the Law!
By the way, one reason David is not afraid is
that he has had the veteran experience of past battles. Heís
never know God to lose a one! Let me show you what I mean. 1
Samuel 18:7 says: "And the women answered
one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his
thousands, and David his ten thousands."
"People" is a Hebrew noun ("am") that means
an "association" of people. These people are gathered together
in confederacy AGAINST David. (Remember how Herod and Pilate
were enemies ... until it came time to crucify Jesus! At that
point they became "friends" in the cruel death of Christ! Thatís
They "have set" themselves against Godís
anointed King! The verb ("shiyth") means to put or to lay (hands
upon)! Generally speaking it is said that this is a word of
physical action, often involving movement from one place to
another (as here).
"Against" is a preposition (Hebrew = "al")
which means "over, against, above, upon." These enemy rebels are
all over David. They want to slay him. Yet in Christ he still
has no fear!
"Round about" is one of the Hebrew words that
means a circle! (To revolve or to surround!)
It sure looks like David is surrounded by his
enemies ... those who would kill him! BUT HE NO DOUBT REMEMBERED
A VERSE THAT HE HAD PERHAPS WRITTEN EARLIER! Psalm 34:7 ---
"The angel of the LORD encampeth round
about them that fear him, and delivereth them." Dear
friend, the Lord SURROUNDS us too!
Now I donít know if you have any "fears"
today or not. But I do know Paul told us:
"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for
us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31
It is almost a certainty then that the FEAR
OF THE LORD scatters the fear of man!
May God grant us that kind of boldness in
these last days!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PSALM 3, VERSE 7 ...
This is our
eighth study in Psalm 3. This material was posted on Thursday,
March 4, 2004, at 6:45 AM from Marion, North Carolina
In the seventh verse of this great passage
"Arise, O LORD; save me,
O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek
bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly." Psalm
"Arise" (Hebrew = "qum") means to get up, to
lift up, to set up, to raise up! In a military context, "qum"
may mean to engage in battle! Itís a imperative verb here
designating an intense spirit of prayer on Davidís behalf.
"Save me" is the precious verb "yasha." Itís
the verb that gives us our "Saviour" words like Joshua and
Jesus! It primary background comes from a verb that means "to be
open, wide or free. It also can mean "to be safe." (It is also
Also note that in the first eight words of
our verse, one finds two great Names for God (Jehovah and Elohim).
Itís only four words in Hebrew (two of Which are Godís Names)!
We are on some mature praying ground here!
No sooner (in this case) has David prayed it
... but that God answered it!
God "hast smitten" the enemies! The verb "nakah"
means to strike, beat, slay or even kill! The verb is a
"perfect" form ... indicating action that is completed.
"Enemies" comes from a root word that means
"Cheek bone" is one Hebrew noun and literally
means "to be soft." (Apparently because that part of the face,
the cheek bone area is often soft and fleshy!) It is translated
"jawbone" 3 times in the King James Version. Itís a strike at
their head (and a direct hit too)!
"Broken" is Hebrew "shabar" and means to
burst or to crush or to destroy or even to tear! Itís a Piel
stem ... showing intensive action!
"Teeth" is a noun ("shen") thatís translated
in the KJV ivory (10 times), sharp (2 times) but teeth (31
times) and tooth (10 times)! Once itís rendered "forefront!" (1
Samuel 14:5) To break someoneís teeth is to render them
harmless. They can no longer "bite and devour!" Listen to Paul
in Galatians 5:15 --- "But if ye bite and
devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of
The "ungodly" are the "rasha" --- the wicked!
(In the KJV) itís "wicked" (249 times) and ungodly (8 times).
It has the idea of moral wrong. It is a pretty active word also
--- with a verbal root that means "to disturb or violate."
Do see that although God has broken teeth and
smitten cheek bones, David is STILL PRAYING for deliverance!
Donít quit praying!
When one views this little verse through
Christological lens (looking at it via Jesus), God HAS ALREADY
risen! And He WILL smite the enemiesí cheek bones and break
By the time this complete Psalm is studied as
a whole ... and preached ... it is going to become a powerful
message for the dear people of God!
Our last verse (Lord willing) comes tomorrow.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PSALM 3, VERSE 8 ...
This is the ninth
and final study in a series of lessons from Psalm 3. It was
placed on this "Sermons" Page Friday morning, March 5, 2004 at
"Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy
people. Selah." Psalm 3:8
David began this little Psalm with more
enemies than he could count! (Ten thousands of them!) But here
at the last verse he is basking in the goodness of Godís
Letís see what he says.
"Salvation" (Hebrew = "yeshuah") means
deliverance or victory (other valid definitions: welfare,
something saved)! It comes from a root word that has the idea:
to be open, wide or free, to be safe! This sure sounds like
"salvation" to me!
Let me mention too that this word Yeshua is
basically the same as the Old Testament name "Joshua," which
means savior or deliverer! And if "Jesus" is spelled in Hebrew
rather than Greek ... it would approximate "Yeshua" also. To me
this throws a lot of light on the fact that
"Salvation belongeth unto the Lord!"
This is the only time in the Bible that I can
find where salvation belongs to anybody! (David spoke in Psalm
51 of Godís salvation! He prayed: "Restore
unto me the joy of thy
salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit."
Psalm 51:12) Jonah came close to saying the same thing:
"But I will sacrifice unto thee with the
voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed.
Salvation is of the LORD." Jonah 2:9 So then in
reality when we get "saved" ... God has given us a gift, the
gift of His salvation! (His Jesus!)
In looking at this word "belongeth"
(italicized in the King James Version), I discovered several
things that belong unto God! While Iíve sort of "jumped a
rabbit" here, Iíll list them for you! Vengeance belongeth unto
the Lord (Deuteronomy 32:35 and Psalm 94:1 and Hebrews 10:30)!
Power belongeth unto God (Psalm 62:11)! Mercy belongeth unto the
Lord (Psalm 62:12)! And righteousness belongeth unto the Lord
(Daniel 9:7)! Quite a list, isnít it?
Then David speaks to the Lord.
He says: "Thy blessing
is upon Thy people." "Blessing" is the noun "berachah,"
which means a present or a gift or a treaty of peace or (of
course) a blessing. It is translated "liberal" (as in
liberality) once in our King James Bibles (Proverbs 11:25).
"Benediction" says one lexicon. It comes from a verb that means
The preposition "upon" is in Hebrew "al" and
means: above, over or upon! (Sounds like "all over" to me!)
And "people" is that little term that means a
congregated group of folks! (God draws "congregations!") The
"church" by definition (ekklesia) is a "called out assembly, a
And then the final word ... "selah!"
This is the highest point in the whole Psalm!
Selah may mean "ascent!" If so notice that this is the 3rd "selah"
in our short chapter! I fell like weíre about in the 3rd heaven
Also as a musical term "selah" may mean
pause, rest momentarily, and think or ponder whatís just been
said. I think I will.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell