Psalms 3:1
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1  A psalm of David when he fled from his son Avshalom.

miz-MOR l’-da-VID b’-vor-KHO mi-p’-NAY av-sha-LOM b’-NO

א  מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד בְּבָרְחוֹ מִפְּנֵי אַבְשָׁלוֹם בְּנוֹ׃

3:1   When he fled from his son Avshalom

Mount of Olives

David writes his psalms, expressing both his darkest fears and his greatest expressions of gratitude to God, during the tumultuous times in his life. As punishment for sinning with Batsheva, David is warned that Hashem will “make a calamity rise against you from within your own house” (II Samuel 12:11). A few years later, David finds himself driven out of his capital city by his son Avshalom. As he ascends the Mount of Olives crying and downtrodden (II Samuel 15:30), he turns to Hashem in pain and suffering and calls out with this psalm. The Mount of Olives is a mountain ridge adjacent to the Old City of Yerushalayim. After the destruction of the second Beit Hamikdash, a custom emerged to make a pilgrimage to the Mount of Olives on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, the day which commemorates the destruction of the Temple, in order to gaze upon Har HaBayit and cry. In the modern State of Israel, while we still mourn the loss of the Beit Hamikdash, we are privileged to be able to rejoice over the return to Jerusalem and its surrounding mountains.

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  • No matter how bad things get, even in your own house, even among your own family. You always have the protection and love of God around you and within you. David must have been heart broken when his own son had turned against him. I am sure i would have. Then to have to flee to preserve your own life. Yet you knew in your heart that there was safety but in one place and that being in the very heart and soul of God. Especially when David knew he had done God wrong by his sins that God would forgive him of these sins because David admitted his guilt and submitted himself to God's mercy and punishment.
    David loved his son so much yet David loved God so much more. This is the way it was always supposed to be and thus God loved David. For David was a man after God's heart. I find much joy in that thought. Carl

  • To often we forget that even though we repent from our sin and are forgiven we still have to bear out the consequences of that action.It doesent mean the Lord forsakes us, if anything He will be at our side giving us the strength to endure.

 

Psalms 3:1

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