Psalm 3

Lots of up/down language:

  • the foes rise
  • God lifts David’s head
  • David lies down
  • God is up on his holy hill
  • David lies down
  • David rose up through the Lord’s sustenance
  • Arise, oh God!

David recognizes his low stature and is lifted up by God. The foes pick themselves up by their bootstraps and are slapped down by God.

This gives insight to the hierarchy of kingly rule described in Psalm 2; the king has no strength in himself and is lifted up from above. “God’s strength is made perfect in weakness”.