The Psalms of David in Metre

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Psalm 3

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. Having beheld the royal dignity of my Redeemer, let me here behold the  joy, the peace, the safety of the redeemed, amidst their distresses  innumerable. Here David, driven from his holy capital and high throne,  by his rebellious son Absalom, ( 1.) Complains to his God of the number  and malice of his enemies, ver. 1-2. (2.) He encourageth himself in his  God, as the source and subject-matter of his safety, joy, and honour, ver.  3. (3.) He recollects, how, on former occasions, his troubles had driven  him to his prayers; how he had always found God ready to hear and  grant his requests; how safe and easy he had lived under his protection;  and how effectually he had broken the power and restrained the malice  of his enemies, ver 4-5, 7. ( 4.) Triumphantly trusting in God, as the  salvation and blesser of his people, he silenceth all his fears, and pours  forth his prayers for new protection and deliverance, ver. 6, 8.

Think, my soul, of Jesus, who, when bulls of Bashan compassed him  about, trusted in God, that he would deliver him. In all my distress, let  me pour out my heart before him, believing in him as God, even my God.  Let me always rejoice in the great God my Saviour. Let me trust in him at  all times, that as he hath delivered, and doth deliver, so he will deliver  me.  

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

1 O Lord, how are my foes increased?
against me many rise.
2 Many say of my soul, For him
in God no succor lies.

3 Yet thou my shield and glory art,
th’ uplifter of mine head.
4 I cried, and, from his holy hill,
the Lord me answer made.

5 I laid me down and slept; I waked;
for God sustained me.
6 I will not fear though thousands ten
set round against me be.

7 Arise, O Lord; save me, my God;
for thou my foes hast stroke
All on the cheek-bone, and the teeth
of wicked men hast broke.

8 Salvation doth appertain
unto the Lord alone:
Thy blessing, Lord, for evermore
thy people is upon.