I think Psalm 3 has special significance for any parent who has experienced the pain of estranged child! The traditional preface to this Psalm says, “A psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom, his son.”
The story behind that introduction is found in II Samuel 15-18 in the Bible. Who knows what caused the rift between father and son… there had been tensions between them before this. Absalom, however, decided to take it beyond misunderstanding. He began a treasonous scheme to betray his father, form a coup, and actually take over the nation! What deep pain and sense of betrayal David must have felt from his son!
Few things hurt more! And the sad result? When a son or daughter betrays you, refuses to talk to you, spreads evil and untrue stories about you, or denies you; you begin to feel like everyone and everything is against you!
I have a feeling some of you may have felt that pain from a son or daughter, a spouse, a dear friend or trusted colleague.
David did the right thing in the middle of this incredibly painful experience… He cried out to God! My advice to you in your pain? Do the same thing – in fact make David’s words your cry to God! Here they are for you…
“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 laid down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me! … Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! … Salvation belongs to You, O Lord! Your blessing be on your people!”
You say, “music might help me deal with the pain?” Well I’ve got to tell you that one of my favorite pieces of sacred music is this Psalm set to music and sung by “The Sisters!” I’ve included the URL so that you can use it to express how you feel to the Lord. Listen, He’ll hear the pain of your heart and he’ll help you move past this in victory… Ask David.
Here’s the URL for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ9KkfvfM3o