So often believers find themselves putting their trust in so many other things besides the Lord. It’s not always a conscious thing, but the result is the same. Psalms 4 is an awesome Psalm for the day. It concludes with “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.”(vs.8)
This prayer of David begins (vs.1) “To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness; thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.” David is playing a stringed instrument and the word Neginoth actually means both instrumental music and stringed instrument. So we can conclude he was playing a stringed instrument as he prayed this Psalm.
Look at verses 2- 8 individually. “O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? How long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.” The word leasing is the Hebrew word Kazab (kaw-zawb’) and it means “falsehood; literally (untruth) or figuratively (idol);-deceitful, false, leasing, +liar, lie, lying”.(vs. 2) David’s heart was heavy.
“But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.” (vs. 3) David is acknowledging that he is godly and God will hear him. He’s demonstrating his faith in God and his acknowledgment that he was set apart from the world. Are you set apart from the world? Can people see a difference in you? Would they know you are a child of God, or are you going about your life like everyone else, no difference, no godliness to be seen?
Verse 4 gives direction. “Stand in awe [or to quiver], and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.” A man or woman of God will inspect his own heart before the Lord and also ask the Lord to reveal any wicked ways in him. David knew this.
Verse 5 gives insight of what one is to do. “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.” Why? Verse 6 gives the answer. “There be many that say, who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.” The answer is because we need a good word from the Lord. There are so many negative people in the world who can’t find good in anything, so all the more reason we need God to show us the good of himself and show the light of his countenance “upon us”.
Verse 7 shows how God responds to our prayers. “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.”
Finally, we end where we began in verse 8. “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” David worked through his pain and grief and God lifted him up and shone his light on him, and David ends his prayer in peace, knowing he can sleep in a security that only comes from the Lord.
Are you putting your trust in the Lord? When your heart gets heavy do you blame God or do you search your heart and give God all of your troubles in prayer? God is faithful, and he is not a respecter of persons. What he did here for David, he surely will do for you.
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