Sunday, April 1, 2012

A SUNDAY PSALM: The Treasury of David ~ Psalm 3:4-6

"I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around."
Psalm 3:4-6

Verse 4. I cried unto the Lord with my voice. Why doth he say, "with my voice?" Surely, silent prayers are heard. Yes, but good men often find that, even in secret, they pray better aloud than they do when they utter no vocal sound. Perhaps, moreover, David would think thus: -- "My cruel enemies clamour against me; they lift up their voices, and, behold, I lift up mine, and my cry out soars them all". They clamour, but the cry of my voice in great distress pierces the very skies, and is louder and stronger than all their tumult; for there is one in the sanctuary who harkens to me from the seventh heaven, and he hath, heard me out of his holy hill . Answers to prayers are sweet cordials for the soul.   We need not fear a frowning world while we rejoice in a prayer hearing God.

Here stands another Selah. Rest awhile, O tried believer, and change the strain to a softer air.

Verse 5. David's faith enabled him to lie down; anxiety would certainly have kept him on tiptoe, watching for an enemy. Yea, he was able to sleep, to sleep in the midst of trouble, surrounded by foes. "So he giveth his beloved sleep." There is a sleep of presumption; God deliver us from it!   There is a sleep of holy confidence; God help us so to close our eyes!   But David says he awaked also. Some sleep the sleep of death; but he, though exposed to many enemies, reclined his head on the bosom of his God, slept happily beneath the wing of Providence in sweet security, and then awoke in safety.

For the Lord sustained me. The sweet influence of the Pleiades of promise shone upon the sleeper, and he awoke conscious that the Lord had preserved him. An excellent divine has well remarked --

"This quietude of a man's heart by faith in God, is a higher sort of work than the natural resolution of manly courage, for it is the gracious operation of God's Holy Spirit upholding a man above nature, and therefore the Lord must have all the glory of it."

From The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon
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Christina said...

A treasure indeed from the Prince of Preachers! Thank you Lord for condescending and delighting to hear the cries and prayers of our hearts! Thank you for posting, Diane!

Petra said...

"We need not fear a frowning world while we rejoice in a prayer hearing God." Thank you for another treasure!

Amy said...

Oh, this is so encouraging. Thank you for sharing it.

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