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[a]
But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
David’s son Absalom had won over the hearts of the Israelites and essentially pronounced himself king.
With an army at his back and the people on his side, Absalom enters Jerusalem to boot David off of the throne. (2 Samuel 15)
Weeping, David flees and goes up to the Mount of Olives to pray, asking that God turns Absalom’s counsel into foolishness. In 2 Samuel 16, we see that David has officially gone out of the city.
In light of this, Psalm 3 is even more amazing, as it was written during this event!
Thousands of people are against David, seeking his very life. “Many are saying of my soul, ‘there is no salvation for him in God.’ ”