The third Psalm was described as being written by David when he fled from Absalom, his son (2 Sam. 15-16). The language is full of humble crying out to the Lord for His refuge and defense. Immediately, I was reminded of what it might be like in a third world country where Christians are often killed for their faith in Jesus.
My mind went there because such physical trouble I do not know here. My enemies, though I don’t know them, never rise against me with mighty arms and swords for battle. This is a kind of struggle I have never experienced.
On the other hand, there is a wonderful illustration here about a battle that I know very well. It is one that I face each day of my life. It is here that my enemies rise against me and say of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” My enemies are the ways of the world, the riles of the flesh, and the temptations of Satan. Consider the third psalm.
“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.
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.
I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people!”
If my mortal enemy is sin, then my immortal salvation is the Lord. My enemy rises against me and accuses me. But the Lord is my shield, my glory. He lifts my head. He hears my cry for salvation and He answers.
When I lay down to rest of my battles and woes, the Lord protects me and wakes me each time. And, this is the best part of it all, the Lord strikes all my enemies on the cheek and breaks the teeth of the wicked.
Indeed, my salvation belongs to the Lord. His mighty arm has broken the teeth of my enemy.