Short Meditations in Psalms: 3.8 The truth
Psa 3:8 From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
The more we think about this psalm and it’s context – written by David when he was on the run from Absalom – the more amazing it becomes. Let’s reiterate what we said before, for it does really need taking in: David knows what is happening; he knows he is being disciplined and humbled by the Lord for his dealings with Bathsheba and Uriah because Nathen the prophet had told him what was coming (2 Sam 12:11,12) and David, being a man after God’s own heart, understands these things. Yet he is able to write as he does.
He has declared his total confidence in the Lord and he has also cried out to the Lord to deliver him by dealing with his enemies. This is a man who still trusts the Lord. What is surprising about that? Watch the way children, or even adults for that matter, are rebuked for their wrong doing and the way they respond. Have you seen children who become surly and then go away and sulk? Have you seen adults who go away criticizing the police, the legal system, the courts and the judges because they were caught and dealt with according to the Law? Have you seen employees rebuked for some matter at work and as soon as the employer turns his back they grumble and grouse and go on about the ‘management’. The proverbs say it is the fool who rejects correction and discipline and David is no fool.
How we respond to correction is a sign of our spiritual maturity or lack thereof. Remember Paul’s famous verse: “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Tim 3:16) How open are we to letting the word of God, the Bible or maybe the preached word on a Sunday, challenge us and point out our failures and need of change (rebuking)? How open are we to our need to be corrected? Failure in this area is an indication of our insecurity in our relationship with the Lord.
David is an example of one who took correction on the chin, so to speak, and who nevertheless knew that God was still for him, despite the correction that was going on. Thus now he can say, “From the LORD comes deliverance.” Read the accounts of David leaving Jerusalem and the way he speaks to various of his people and this thing comes out again and again. The Lord can deliver me, if and when He wants to, and within that there was a relational implication that He would restore David in due time, for he IS still the Lord’s anointed. Hs final words here are addressed to the Lord: “May your blessing be on your people.” He still knows that the Lord wants good for His people, even though He has to take them through difficult times. Truth!