In Psalm 3:2 David writes: “Many are saying to my soul, ‘there is no salvation for him in God’.” The Psalm tells us that David’s situation was indeed bleak: he wrote it when he was in the cave, fleeing from Absalom during his rebellion. Things did not look good for David, and evidently he wasn’t getting a lot of encouragement either. “MANY” were saying that there was no hope for him.
One of the things this Psalm should remind us of is that what the “many” are saying is not always right! “They” were all saying that there was no help (literally the Hebrew word “salvation”) for David in God. But “they” were wrong! As we see in :3, God would be his shield, his glory, and the lifter of his head. What “everybody” was saying, was wrong!
We often face the same kind of discouraging consensus today. There are always going to be “many”, just like in David’s day, who tell us that there is no hope for our situation. We also hear a lot of “pop” theology — “what everybody is saying” about God, or our situation — but they are like Job’s friends, and the theology they so confidently proclaim is not based on God’s truth. What “they” are all saying to us is not always right.
The important thing for us is not to listen to them! We have to know what the Bible actually teaches, not what the “many” say about God, and we have to trust the One whom we know from His word.
If “many” are assaulting your soul with discouraging, and outright ungodly words and advice, ask God to help you not to give into them, but to remember that just like in Psalm 3:2, the “many” are not always right!