Psalm 3 was first spoken by King David of Israel at a time of deep distress and fear.
Surrounded by enemies who sought to take his life, he cried out, “O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me” (v. 1). Indeed, so confident were his enemies that they were sure not even God could save him: “many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God” (v. 2).
But David knew better. Turning away from enemies without and fears within, he addressed God directly: “But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head" (v. 3)
And as he turned towards God, his confidence in God’s power and mercy was renewed: “I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill" (v. 4).
Such is the confidence of all who turn away from the world, the flesh and the devil, and turn towards the LORD.