Psalm 4

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

-Psalm 4 (NIV)



Sometimes it’s hard to wait on God. We want answers and we want them right away. If God doesn’t give us an immediate answer, we can sometimes feel as though are prayer will either go unanswered or that the answer is “no.” In fact., God may well intend to grant our request in His time. He is never late. It may feel that way when we are in distress. Those are the times when we must call upon Him the most and be ready to wait to see what He has in store. What I know as a Christian who senses His presence is that He is there and will answer at exactly the right moment.

When I read there second verse of this Psalm and see David’s frustration with the behavior of his people, I cannot help but think about the country I live in and how upside down and immoral things have become.

The NIV Study Bible notes for verses 4 and 5 warn us not to give way to anger and go looking for a scapegoat (in this case the king) to blame for our present troubles. How many of us wish to blame those in power, such as congress or the president, when [in fact] it is us they are catering to and loosening our national morals for? Maybe we didn’t vote for an individual or party in power, yet our actions collectively as a nation have brought us to this point; we must search our hearts to see if this is true.

The 8th verse of this Psalm reminds us that, at the end of the day, when we have done all there is for us to do as our Lord dictates, then we can rest easy, secure in the assurance that God is there for us — no matter what.

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