"There is no pain like family pain; nothing as hurtful as when a family member who is close to you betrays you for their own advantage. That is what David felt when his son Absalom proclaimed himself king. David himself had prepared the way for this betrayal by not applying God’s law
to his own sons. Amnon, one of David’s sons, raped David’s daughter Tamar, a daughter by another woman. Her full-brother was Absalom. David chose to do nothing but mourn over this situation; God’s justice was not applied. In a rage fueled by disgust and disappointment, Absalom began to plot Amnon’s murder for the horrible violence against Tamar. So, when
David was chased out of town because of Absalom’s desire to become king, the young rebellious man was achieving what he wanted. The feelings of failure David must have experienced during this time would have been devastating. Even though God re-established David, he was broken.
Psalm 3 reflects the deep feelings David had as he fled from his son.
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