David had lost control of his kingdom, and the usurper was his son, Absalom. A well-planned coup, executed over time, leaving David virtually alone. How David reacted, both spiritually and practically, give us a blueprint for our own stressful situations.
Psalm 3 (ESV)
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
1 O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 7 Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Selah