Book 1 – Psalm 3 of 41: Jesus persecuted

Though David writes this Psalm, as a type of Christ, these words are firstly more fitting for the Saviour, followed by its application to us.  So Christ, when he dwelled on earth as the incarnate Jesus of Nazareth, would speak to the Father – “how many are my foes!  Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God“.  Indeed – so Christ hung on the cross and the wicked spit and sarcastically plead that the Son remove Himself from the cross if indeed He is the divine Second Person of the Triune God.  So Christ cries aloud to the LORD, the Father who answered him from his throne, his holy mountain, the LORD who lifts and resurrects the Son who sleeps/dies.  Will Christ be afraid of many thousands who have set themselves against him?  Yet, he relies on the Father and not on himself.  Arise, Father, save your Son!  So Psalm 3 continues with the theme in Psalm 2 – the strong cord between the two Persons, contrasted with the wicked who are trying to destroy this cord.  Salvation indeed belongs not to oneself – but to the LORD, and this gift is a blessing on His people, His sheep.

How often do we proclaim the same words as the Christ who yearns for his Father’s aid?  How often do we find ourselves persecuted by the enemies who mock the Father and say that he cannot save us, we who proclaim that we are children of God?  How often are we tempted to believe that our prayers are falling on deaf ears whilst the foes corner us and make us doubt His love for us?  If Christ the Son is himself suffering, so we also – “And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.  Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore” (Hebrews 13:13).

Selah – let us think upon these words and be reminded that the Son is both the glorified King and Name above all names; but also the LORD who is persecuted and crucified by the same people he seeks to save.

Book 1 – Psalm 3 of 41: Jesus persecuted

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