Psalm 3 Spurgeon’s quotes from the Treasury of David. (Greg Hanley)
V1. The poor broken-hearted father complains of the multitude of his enemies: and if you turn to 2 Samuel 15:12 you will find it written that “the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom,” while the troops of David constantly diminished! “Lord how are they increased that trouble me!”
‘Troubles always come in flocks. Sorrow hath a numerous family.’
‘Many there be that say of my soul, ‘There is no help for him in God.’
‘If all the trial which come from heaven, all the temptations which ascend from hell, and all the crosses which arise from earth, could be mixed and pressed together, they would not make a trial so terrible as that which is contained in this verse. It is the most bitter of all afflictions to be led to fear that there is no help for us in God. And yet remember our most blessed Saviour had to endure this in the deepest degree when he cried, “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?”
‘This is a musical pause; the precise meaning of which is not known. Some think it simply a rest, a pause in the music; others say it means, “Lift up the strain – sing more loudly – pitch the tune upon a higher key – there is nobler matter to come. Therefore retune your harps.” Harp-strings soon get out of order and need to be screwed up again to their proper tightness, and certainly our heart-strings are evermore getting out of tune. Let “Selah” teach us to pray.’
“O may me heart in tune be found
Like David’s harp of solemn sound.”
“Thou art my glory.”
‘David knew that though he was driven from his capital in contempt and scorn, he should yet return in triumph, and by faith he looks upon God as honouring and glorifying him, O for grace to see our future glory amid present shame! Indeed, there is a present glory in our afflictions, if we could but discern it; for it is no mean thing to have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings.’
“And the lifter up of mine head.”
‘thou shalt yet exalt me. Though I hang my head in sorrow, I shall very soon lift it up in joy and thanksgiving. What a divine trio of mercies is contained in this verse! –
Defence for the defenceless,
Glory for the despised
Joy for the comfortless,
‘Verily we may well say, “there is none like the God of Jeshurun.’
“I cried unto the Lord with my voice.”
‘Answers to prayers are sweet cordials for the soul. We need not fear a frowning world while we rejoice in a prayer-hearing God.’
V5 ‘David’s faith enabled him to lie down; anxiety would certainly have kept him on tiptoe, watching for an enemy. Yea, he was able to sleep, to sleep in the midst of trouble, surrounded by foes. ‘So he giveth his beloved sleep.’
‘Some sleep the sleep of death; but he, though exposed to many enemies, reclined his head on the bosom of his God, slept happily beneath the wing of Providence in sweet security, and then awoke in safety.
‘For the Lord sustained me.”
V6. ‘Observe that he does not attempt to under estimate the number or wisdom of his enemies. He reckons them as tens of thousands, and he views them as cunning huntsmen chasing him with cruel skill.
Yet his trembles not……….’
‘But David is too wise to venture to the battle without prayer; he therefore betakes himself to his knees, and cries aloud to Jehovah.’
V7. ‘His only hope is in his God.’
‘Rejoice, O believer, thou hast to do with a dragon whose head is broken, an with enemies whose teeth are dashed from their jaws!’
v8. ‘Salvation belongeth unto the Lord.’
‘This is a point concerning which we are daily fighting. Our opponents say, “Salvation belongs to the free will of man; if not to man’s merit, yet at least to man’s will;” but we hold and teach that salvation from first to last in every iota of it, belongs to the Most High God. It is God that chooses his people. He calls them by his grace; he quickens them by his Spirit, and keeps them by his power. It is not of man, neither by man; “not of him that willeth nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.” May we all learn this truth experimentally, for our proud flesh and blood will never permit us to learn it in any other way.’
‘Thy blessings in upon thy people.”
Neither Egypt, nor upon Tyre, nor upon Ninevah; thy blessing is upon thy chosen, thy blood-bought, thine everlastingly-beloved people.
Lift up your hears, and pause, and meditate upon this doctrine. “Thy blessing is upon they people.”
‘Divine, discriminating, distinguishing, eternal, infinite, immutable love, is a subject for constant adoration.’
“Rise, my soul! Adore and wonder!
Ask ,’O why such love to me?’
Grace hath put me in the number
Of the Saviour’s family:
Thanks, eternal thanks, to thee!”
Notes from Greg’s Psalm on Sunday, taken from Spurgeon’s Treasury of David.