Psalm 3 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Psalm 3)

Verse 2

[2] Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. /*Selah*/.

My soul — Of me: the soul being commonly put for the person.

In God — God hath utterly forsaken him.

Selah — This word is no where used but in this poetical book, and in the song of Habakkuk. Probably it was a musical note, directing the singer either to lift up his voice, to make a pause, or to lengthen the tune. But withal, it is generally placed at some remarkable passage; which gives occasion to think that it served also to quicken the attention of the singer and hearer.

Verse 3

[3] But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

A shield — My defence.

My glory — Thou hast formerly given, and wilt farther give occasion of glorying in thy power and favour.

Lifter up — Thou wilt restore me to my former power and dignity.

Verse 4

[4] I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. /*Selah*/.

His hill — Out of heaven, so called, Psalms 15:1.

Verse 5

[5] I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

Slept — Securely, casting all my cares upon God.

Awaked — After a sweet and undisturbed sleep.

Verse 7

[7] Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Cheek bone — Which implies contempt and reproach.

Teeth — Their strength and the instruments of their cruelty. He compares them to wild beasts.