Key: Read each Psalm as a unit to minimize the risk of losing context!
Psalms have several distinguished composers: David authored 73, Moses authored 1, Solomon authored 2, etc. Their purpose was to
worship God in a heartfelt manner through musical poems. Instead of being instructive, Psalms are principally for guidance; they
provide an example of how one can communicate their thoughts and feelings while still remaining faithful and dependent on God.
It is believed that David wrote Psalm 3 when he was fleeing from Absalom (2 Samuel chapters 15,
16, 17, and
18); thus, many Psalms may have a historical connection. Psalm 3 is an example of
a Lament. It has 6 successive elements to its structure:
Introduction or address,
Confession of trust,
Petition or deliverance,
Confidence or assurance,
As inspired prayers and hymns, Psalms offers an example of how we may communicate with God. In the case of adversity, a prayer of
lament is one such example. From the pattern above, one can observe some interesting details. For instance, notice that the
complaint is followed by the confession of trust and that the petition is followed by the assurance!
Notice how many verses are spent on each. What does this reveal about the lament? Do your prayers have elements? How are those elements
balanced? What are your prayers for help like? Take a look at the Psalms and discover other details that could help your prayer life!