God’s Answer-Psalm 4

Psalm 4 “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. 2 How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Selah.  3 Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him. 4 In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Selah 5 Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord. 6 Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. 7 You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.  8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Salmo 4 «Quando io grido, rispondimi, o Dio della mia giustizia; quando ero in pericolo, tu mi hai liberato; abbi pietà di me ed esaudisci la mia preghiera! O figli degli uomini, fino a quando si farà oltraggio alla mia gloria? Fino a quando amerete vanità e andrete dietro a menzogna? [Pausa] Sappiate che il Signore si è scelto uno che egli ama; il Signore mi esaudirà quando griderò a lui. Tremate e non peccate; sui vostri letti ragionate in cuor vostro e tacete. [Pausa] Offrite sacrifici di giustizia e confidate nel Signore.Molti van dicendo: «Chi ci farà vedere la prosperità?» O Signore, fa’ risplendere su di noi la luce del tuo volto! Tu mi hai messo in cuore più gioia di quella che essi provano quando il loro grano e il loro mosto abbondano. In pace mi coricherò e in pace dormirò, perché tu solo, o Signore, mi fai abitare al sicuro.»
     This Psalm accompanies Psalm 3 and is in the context of David being chased out of Jerusalem by his son, Absalom. It involves a prayer, a warning and a calming of emotions in distressing times. David’s prayer is direct and speaks to the issue that each one of us has when we pray“Answer me… In desperate times, we tend to forget flowery or eloquent prayers; we simply get right to the point.
     David also speaks a warning to his enemies. Although they mocked David, he reminds them that their claim to victory was a delusion because God has chosen the godly for Himself and will spare them. The reality was that although David was at a great disadvantage before his enemies, he knew that when he called on God, he would triumph.
     The last part of this Psalm seems the hardest to obey. How could David talk about not being angry at his situation or those who might have abandoned his own constituency? But David continued to worship and allowed God’s glory to shine through him. His trust in God gives strength to his emotions so that he could truly enjoy a life of peace in the midst of troubled times. This can only happen to a person who has an intimate relationship with God.
Pray with me: Lord, I relate to this Psalm on so many levels. Help me to call upon You and allow Your presence to silent the loud voices of fear and panic when I am living under stress.

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