Notes on Psalm 3


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Last week I preached from Psalm 3 at WEM.  I guess it can be found here.

This is the first lament from Book 1 (psalms 1-41), a book that is loaded with laments (perhaps paralleling the early life of king David when he was mostly on the run?).

It is a psalm of ‘disorientation.’ Because “we do not always experience life as well ordered or well oriented, “disorientation” better describes life at times. The LAMENTS, or songs of disorientation, were written for such times…”

To put it in a different way, “most of us have experienced trouble – to one degree or another, for long or shorter periods of time.. The journey of life may at times take us on some very difficult terrain. ADVERSITY replaces PROSPERITY…CHAOS obliterates ORDER. DOUBT replaces FAITH. God has given us the LAMENTS for times such as these!!!

Psalm 3 is especially significant because it was interpreted Christologically very early in the history of the church. The earliest example seems to be S Clement of Rome (c. 96 AD). The CHRISTIAN CATECHISM, following S. Clement of Rome and S Justin and others, understands it as “the voluntary and harmless sleep of Christ in the tomb and of his resurrection.” Also, like David, Christ is rejected…UNLIKE David…Christ suffers for the sins of others!

In preaching this psalm, I agree with the approach of HAIMO of AUXERRE (c. 790-855) who follows the Origenian/Gregorian mode] and treats Psalm 3 at THREE LEVELS: the story of David and Absalom; the passion of Christ in conflict with Judas; and personal reflections upon our own lives…

ERASMUS is also very useful for reading this psalm. Note his comments on the last part: “Likewise the people of God will also suffer as Christ and his servant David have…BUT in the triumph of Christ’s sufferings, death, and Resurrection, “broken are the teeth of the wicked.” But “Christ is the strong rock, and anyone who is in Christ is a ROCK: broken teeth cannot grind it down.”

Beautiful image. The ‘troubling’ verse (“you break the teeth of the wicked”) could be understood as the breaking of the ‘ultimate teeth” of death, a break that took place through the death and resurrection of Christ.

I am no longer troubled by this verse…I am comforted!

I am posting some of my notes (Spurgeon is always useful). I found especially good the new book on Psalms by Waltke and Houston.

Here we go: NOTES on PSALM 3.


A Useful Website and a Solid Book on the Book of Psalms



This seems like a useful site on the book of Psalms.

Also – I am positive (knowing a lot about the author; I did not read the book yet) that this commentary in the Kregel Exegetical Library (it seems like this is the only book in this series) by Allen P. Ross will be very good.

Preaching Psalm 1: Some Basics for Happiness

It is safe to say that most interpreters of the book of Psalms see psalm 1 as an introduction to the whole Psalter.  This insight is found even with the church fathers (see my posted notes on this psalm below).

For my preparation I benefit a lot from Hans-Joachim Kraus , Derek Kidner, the church fathers, and Spurgeon (The Treasury of David) among others.  In due time I hope to post more links to my resources.

I wish I had the commentaries of Allen Ross and John Goldingay and I hope I will get them soon (though hard to carry them from USA to Korea :)).

Here is a link (I do not know if I can upload this) to my first sermon on Psalm 1: Some Basics for Happiness. This was preached at  Hallelujah English Ministry  (I did not record the one at Wangsung English Ministry).

Here are my notes: Notes on Psalm 1: Part I, NOTES on Psalm 1: Part II.  One day I hope to post the slides which are usually done by my lovely gifted wife.

I hope all these notes will be useful for those who want to preach and teach from the Psalter. PTL!


Preaching the Psalms

Welcome to Preaching the Psalms.

These days I am preaching from the Psalms at Wangsung English Ministry in Seoul , and the intention is to post my notes and (hopefully) my audio messages on this website.  Of course – I will be preaching only selected psalms: 1, 2, 3…

I decided to preach on the  Book of Psalms because I love it and because I may teach a course on Psalms at my school, now Torch Trinity Graduate University .

I always seek to combine my preaching with my teaching.  This way – I believe – my preaching becomes deeper, and my teaching more practical and alive.

By God’s grace, as always, I would like to preach seeking for Christ, because He clearly said in Luke that “everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luk 24:44 ESV)

I believe that CHRIST is very present in the Psalms.  And with the help of the Holy Spirit I hope to find Him and preach Him with power from above.

So help me God!