Pondering the Psalms - Psalm 3

Each Sunday I am going to choose a Psalm and write down some brief thoughts on it.

Today I'm looking at Psalm 3 

This is one of those Psalms which start out Down and end up Up, if you know what I mean.

This Psalm seems to fall into 4 parts:

V. 1-2
So much Opposition
So many not believing in God.

V. 3-4
God is there to protect
God is there to be our glory
God is there to lift up our heads
God is there to answer us in our cry of need

V. 5-6
God gives us rest
God keeps us in the midst of opposition

V. 7-8
God is able to defeat the enemy
God is the real deliverer

3 times in this Psalm we have the word Selah.

Selah is not just there to be dismissed,
it is there to make us

stop and ponder 

because it is advising us to pause and think carefully about what has been said.

Most notably it is there at the end after verse 8.

God's Blessing is upon His people!

Starts with a Tone of Despondency
Because of the people who do not believe in God and are against David.

Goes on to the knowledge David has of Who God is
God is the giver of hope, confidence, lifting from depression; the protector and carer for our needs and the one who is due all glory but also can restore David's glory as King.

Then the recognition of the peace & rest available in God
David does not need to fear because he knows to leave it to God who is caring for him through it all.

Ending in the Jubilant Proclamation of what our God can do!
A Call for deliverance because David knows God is the real deliverer and He provides the Blessing.

God's Blessing is upon His People!

So let's be confident and remember to keep going through everything because God is with us, listening and answering our prayers.  He is protecting us, giving us peace, and He is able to take care of everything.

Then we will rejoice in His Deliverance and Blessing.    SELAH


  1. Sandra, I love to look deeply into the Word of God. I find it exciting and certainly edifying as the Lord opens up the Scriptures to me.

    I enjoyed your study of Psalm 3. I especially liked your final insight that God is the "real" deliverer. Indeed, in ALL things!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Stop and Ponder. That is great to remember when studying the Psalms or any other portion of the Bible. I need to remember that with my morning devotions. Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Women with Intention.

  3. I remember as a little girl during one of our family devotions, my mom stopped me when I read past the word Selah. She explained the importance of pondering the words that were just read. Thank you for sharing these beautiful words - God's blessing is upon his people. Thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

  4. I am enjoying this study! :) Thanks for sharing at Women With Intention Wednesdays!

  5. Amen-- I know I have mentioned it on here before, but I love the Psalms. Such prayerful heart encouragement. Thanks!

  6. The Psalms are fabulous! And now when I read them, I'll stop when I get to Selah :) Thank you!

  7. Sandra, thanks for the explanation of "selah." I'm not sure I knew what it meant. Thanks for drawing out the meaning in this Psalm.
    your neighbor at Barbie's