Sunday, July 4, 2010

Psummer Psalm Pseries – Psalm 3

O LORD, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
Many are saying of my soul,
"There is no deliverance for him in God." Selah.
But You, O LORD, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
I was crying to the LORD with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.
I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the LORD sustains me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.
Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God!
For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek;
You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the LORD;
Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.

Who came in third in the Stanley Cup last year? Who was picked third in the NHL draft that just happened? Who was the third Prime Minister of Canada? You may know the answer to some of those questions, but we tend to forget third place finishes. It is good enough for Bronze in the Olympics, but usually we focus on the winner, and the loser of the championship. Next Saturday you will know who takes third place at the World Cup. When was the last time you read Psalm 3 (before today)? Here we have tucked away a nifty little Psalm of David, just 8 verses long. Let’s spend a few minutes with it today.