Prayer to Yahweh (Ps 3:3-3:4)

“But you, Yahweh!

You are a shield around me!

You are my glory!

You are the one who lifts up my head.

I cry aloud to Yahweh.

He answers me from his holy hill.


David prayed to Yahweh in a personal way with a great deal of trust. He addressed Yahweh directly. Yahweh was his shield and his glory. He lifted up his head. He would cry aloud to Yahweh. Even though he was not at the holy hill, Yahweh would respond to him from there. Once again there is a “Selah” or pause for a musical interlude. Clearly this psalm was used in liturgical prayer with all these musical pauses.