David was the King. Absalom was his son. Imagine David sitting down on his throne, he leans back in his seat and asks for the morning report. His advisors rush in and surround him. Picture the dismay on the king’s face when his advisors tell him that they must leave the palace for his son would surely kill them all if they stayed. What David didn’t know was that his son had been meeting people at the gate, talking with them and winning their trust for over forty years. Absalom had inherited his father’s charm and influence and sought to take the kingdom from the hands of David. David hears of this and gathers his people together and they leave the palace. The greatest king Israel had ever had was watching his kingdom fall apart. Following his escape, in the wilderness beyond the city, he sat down to pen this Psalm. Imagine David sitting on the ground staring back at his palace, watching the light in the windows flickering as he writes these words.
We will see how David responded, and how Jesus responded to betrayal and therefore, how we should respond to betrayal in our lives.
Hope in the Psalms
Remember that the Scriptures are more than good stories. The Scriptures are the grand meta-narrative into which all our individual stories fit and find meaning. As you read Psalm 3 today, ask God to help you become a doer of the word and not a hearer only (James 1:22-25).