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Bible Commentaries

Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Psalms 3

Verses 1-8

Psalms 3:0

Sorrows and Trials of the Godly Remnant (3-7)

1. Persecution and comfort (Psalms 3:1-4 )

2. Arise Jehovah! Save me, O my God (Psalms 3:5-8 )

The five Psalms which follow bring before us the godly remnant of Israel, their sorrows and trials during the end of the age, while the expected Redeemer and King has not yet come. While this is the dispensational aspect, the application is wider. The trials and sorrows are common to all saints, who live in accordance with their calling apart from the world which rejects Christ; and the comfort belongs to them likewise.

Psalms 3:1-4 . The Psalm was written by David when he fled from the face of Absalom. Persecution is mentioned first. The remnant is suffering persecution and that from their own unbelieving brethren, who sneer at them and mock. “There is no salvation (deliverance) for him from God.” But the godly trust in Jehovah as a shield about them, giving protection; He is my glory and the lifter up of mine head. Thus David encouraged himself in the Lord and so do all saints in persecution and the remnant when they are persecuted in the time of Jacob’s trouble.

Psalms 3:5-8 . The simple faith produces peace and quietness. He has slept in peace even if myriads of people should set themselves around him. He cries to Jehovah to arise and to save. Then faith looks back and remembers that God hath smitten the enemies in the past, and broken the teeth of the ungodly. He acknowledgeth that salvation belongeth to the Lord, it is of Him and that His blessing rests upon His people who trust in Him. Viewed in connection with the remnant of Israel in the coming tribulation all this takes on an interesting meaning. It is called a morning hymn.

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Bibliographical Information
Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Psalms 3". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gab/psalms-3.html. 1913-1922.