Prayer Guide: Psalm 3

Psalm 3 (ESV)

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

 O Lord, how many are my foes!
    Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
    “There is no salvation for him in God.”       Selah

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
    my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
    and he answered me from his holy hill.        Selah

I lay down and slept;
    I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
    who have set themselves against me all around.

Arise, O Lord!
    Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
    you break the teeth of the wicked.

Salvation belongs to the Lord;
    your blessing be on your people!         Selah



God’s praiseworthy attributes displayed in this text:

Our God in the midst of opposition and betrayal – v. 1

A shield/protector  during trouble  – v 3

The One in whom we glory – v. 3

Lifts our head/gives us hope – v. 3

Hears and answers our cries for help – v. 4

Holy – v. 4

Sustains us and gives us rest – v. 5

Dispels our fears – v. 6

Saves us/delivers us from our enemies – v. 7

God of salvation – v. 8

The source of blessing for his people – v. 9


Possible Prayer Prompters:

Even though I am facing ________________________ (areas of opposition/battle) I know you are my shield

Thank you that you lifted my head and gave me hope when  ___________________

Thank you that you have blessed me already with __________________________



I confess that I have listened to doubts and accusations about __________________. I surrender these and look to you alone.

I surrender my fears about _______________________________, trusting you to deliver me.



I trust you to be my shield today as I encounter __________________________

Because you are my sustainer, I will not be afraid of ______________________________

Help ____________________________ (name) to glory in you today as you lift his/her head to find hope and deliverance in you.


Because you are a God who blesses your people, I am asking you to bless ______________________ (person, situation, etc.)



Today, I trust you to save me from the enemies of ______________________. Salvation belongs to you!