David’s Hope for Salvation in Psalm 3

Hey there! How’s your hope in God holding up? If it’s starting to fade, I hope you’ll consider King David’s hopeful prayer in Psalm 3.

David penned Psalm 3 on the occasion of Prince Absalom’s treachery against him. David’s enemies were confident that God would deliver him into their hands. But, he expressed his hope in God for salvation in verse 8. David was praying for immediate deliverance from an enemy, but this can inspire your hope for today, tomorrow, and eternity.

Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Selah.(Psalm 3:8 ESV)

This verses teaches explicitly and implicitly that:

1. Only God has power and authority to save.

2. God is free to save, or not save, as He wills.

3. Salvation is not ours by right; God doesn’t owe salvation to anyone.

4. We need salvation, that is, deliverance from an enemy.

5. If anyone is to be saved, it shall be by the blessing and grant of God’s mercy.

6. God wills to save His people.

How can we know whether God counts us as His people?–He embraces everyone who trusts in His Son, Jesus, as His own.

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.–Jesus (John 6:37, ESV)

In the gospel of Jesus, God promises final, eternal salvation from all enemies, including sin and death. We are thankful for this, and thankful that we can expect to experience occasional glimpses of that great blessing in this life through His regular, providential care.