Psalm 3

NFinding Hope in the Midst of Adversity
Lessons from Christ's Trust in God



Psalm 3 is a powerful expression of trust and hope in God, even in the face of adversity. As we explore this Psalm through the lens of the New Covenant and the life of Jesus Christ, we gain insights into Christ's unwavering trust in the Father, the assurance of God's deliverance, and the invitation to find hope in God's steadfast love.

Section 1: Cry for Help in the Midst of Adversity (1-2)

"1 LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, 'God will not deliver him.'"

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Matthew 26:56, "But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.


Section 2: Assurance of God's Deliverance (Psalm 3:3-6)

"3 But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the LORD sustains me. 6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Acts 2:25-28, "David said about him: 'I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.'"


Section 3: Hope in God's Steadfast Love (Psalm 3:7-8)

"7 Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Colossians 2:15, "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."



Psalm 3, viewed through the lens of the New Covenant in Christ, reflects the psalmist's plea for God's deliverance and protection in the face of adversity, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. 

The psalmist's cry for help in the midst of enemies reflects our own need for salvation, which is accomplished through Jesus' sacrificial death and resurrection (Romans 5:8). 

The psalmist's confidence in God's protection and the assurance of being shielded by Him foreshadow our trust in Jesus, who is our refuge and stronghold (Psalm 91:2, 2 Thessalonians 3:3). 

The psalmist's declaration that salvation belongs to the Lord anticipates Jesus' role as the Savior and the only way to eternal life (Acts 4:12). 

The psalmist's recognition that God is the lifter of his head points to the comforting presence and restoration we find in Jesus, who lifts us up and restores us in times of distress (Matthew 11:28-30). 

Thus, Psalm 3 portrays the plea for God's deliverance and protection that find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.