Shortly after David came to power, he brought the ark to Zion. The ark was a box about the size of a piano bench, and in it were some famous artifacts. It was really a symbol. It was, to the thinking of a typical Hebrew, the place where God met with them. On top of the ark were these cherubim with outstretched wings overshadowing this slab that was the lid of the box. It was there that the priest would sprinkle the blood. That's why we have the wonderful expression, "Under the shadow of his wings." The place where propitiation has been made, the place where the blood has been sprinkled, satisfying God and averting his wrath.
After David brought the ark home, he established a couple of choirs, one in Zion, the other in Gideon, and gave them each a hymnbook. I think we have these hymnals in the first two books of the collection of five books we call the Book of the Psalms.
It wasn't as if David had a contract with Word or some other publishing company to churn out some songs every year. He wrote these under pressure of circumstances. They reflect his walk with God and also at times his backsliding, and this psalm is one of those.
A lot of people think that the TThird Psalm is the psalm of a young man. They would put this at the time of his life when he was a shepherd boy.
Some boy. He killed a bear and a lion on a couple of different occasions. We know what kind of a young man he was when that giant was threatening all the armies of Israel. David was probably a bit arrogant (most young men are a bit arrogant, but they get that knocked out of them as they live a little while).
He asked, "Who is this uncircumcised crumb bum threatening the armies of the people of Israel? I'll take him on." Of course, ...
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