Archive for August 24th, 2012

Psalm 4

Psalm 4 has the writer calling out to God.  “Answer me when I call… gracious to me and hear my prayer”.  We need to seek God’s ear and lay our requests at the feet of His throne.  Too often we come to God last with our requests.  We do all we can to handle things alone and if it doesn’t work out we send the SOS up to God.  That is not how prayer should work.  We should start our day with Him.  We should spend time on our knees and in His presence seeking His love and grace.

God does answer.  The psalmist tells us “you have given me relief when I was in distress”.  God loves to show Himself strong.  But far too often we don’t ever give Him that opportunity.  We scheme and plot and do what we think is best on a hope.  If things don’t work out we go to plan B which is often to pray, quite fervently at that.  We have messed things up even more, so we know we need to be bailed out.  God isn’t our genie in a bottle.  He isn’t there just to fix our mistakes.  We need to pray very differently than most of us do.

We get some guidance on living in this chapter too:

–       “Be angry, and do not sin

–       ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent

–       Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord

We need to learn the power of self-control.  Just because we feel or think something doesn’t mean we should spew it around.  Sometimes we need to ponder and be quiet.  We always need to be in control of our responses.  That happens only when we put our trust in the Lord, not ourselves.

Who will show us some good”?  There is only one answer to that.  It is our Lord God.  I love what the psalmist says: “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound”.  God is the source of joy.  It isn’t something we can muster up on our own.  He alone is the source.  He alone is the one who makes it happen.  And there is abundance in that joy – more than the joy of a great harvest.  The thing we have to do is seek joy from the source, not from things around us.  God alone can provide and produce it in us.  We need to seek His love and joy filled grace!

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