In Psalm 3:3, what does David mean by saying to YHVH, "You are my glory" and how might it relate to the taunt in the previous verse?

ESV Psa 3:3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

The previous verse:

ESV Psa 3:2 Many are saying about me, "Even with God on his side, he won't be victorious." Selah

  • I think it's verse 4. May 30, 2016 at 20:59
  • @ephraimhelfgot What is verse 4?
    – user10231
    May 31, 2016 at 0:38
  • @ephraimhelfgot It's verse 4 in the Hebrew but verse 3 in English. Wounded, it's always helpful if you cite the translation you're using.
    – Susan
    May 31, 2016 at 3:50
  • @Susan I've edited the post to add the version (ESV).
    – user10231
    May 31, 2016 at 8:05
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    From Webster's, the noun glory is something that brings praise or fame to someone or something : something that is a source of great pride. This seems to be a theme in David's life.
    – tniles
    May 31, 2016 at 22:01

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God is his glory the lifter of his head, i.e. he seeks nothing from men. He understands God controls all things, therefore looks to God not man for help.

God is his "glory" means he's thankful to God, and for his thanks he is glorified by God by having such a close relationship with him. This caused him to increase his love for the most high, which means Gods love mercy and abundance was all the more present in his life.

May the peace and mercy of our most high creator be with us.


But you, O LORD, are always my shield from danger; you give me victory and restore my courage.
-- Psalm 3:3 GNT

With regard to the expression “the One lifting up my head”, one reference work says:

When God lifts up . . . one’s ‘head’, He fills one with hope and confidence.

Forced from Israel’s throne, David has reason to be despondent. However, ‘the lifting up of his head’ will result in renewed courage, confidence, and complete trust in God.

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