Psalm 4

In Psalm 4, David pours out his heart to God.  He says “Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness”!  David is in distress, and his action is to call out to God.  What do you do when life seems overwhelming?  Do you cry out to God?  Is He the source of your strength and the Rock to which you cling?  David is passionate as he calls out to God. Often power in prayer is lacking because there is little passion in prayer. It isn’t that we persuade God by emotional displays, but God wants us to care deeply about the things He cares deeply about.  David is passionate here as he shares his heart.

David knows that his righteousness is from God, not something he can achieve on his own.  And he also knows that God has been faithful in the past.  “You have given me relief when I was in distress”.  There is a history between them.  And David is crying out again asking God to continue to be faithful to their relationship as he is attacked.  He also asks God to set him apart as a godly man.  “But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself”.  David knew that he and other godly people were set apart for God.

Throughout this Psalm and many others, we see the word Selah sprinkled throughout.  There is some differences in what scholars believe that word means, but one definition is that it is a sign we need to “stop and listen.”  Sort of a focus where we need to pay attention to what we just read.  We see David pen these words: “Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent”.  With the ungodliness around him, David had reason to be angry but he had no reason to sin. He reminds himself to not sin in his anger, and to find solace in meditation before the LORD.  We need to learn from this – anger is not the issue if we control it, but it can become sinful if we do not.

David reminds us where true joy comes from.  It isn’t from the things around us – it is from God and Him alone.  “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound”.  When the face of God shines favorably on us, it puts joy in the heart.  We need to stop and realize just how much God is shining his blessings upon us.  He is constantly blessing us, and we need to stop and make sure we bask in that joy.  Joy comes from God, and we must not dampen it by focusing on the wrong things in the world or our life.

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