Psalm 4

Published on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 05:23
When we pray, we should use the small word ‘O’: Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! (verse 1).

Use past experiences to expect blessing from God today: ‘You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!’ (verse 1).

We can address those who oppose us when we pray to God and mention their pointless attempts: O men, how long shall my honour be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? (verse 2)

Remind yourself now that the Lord hears you: But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him (verse 3).

Pray for others by thinking precisely about what they need and mention it to God: ‘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’ (verses 4-5).

Thank God for the joy of salvation: ‘There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound’ (verses 6-7).

Thank God for providing security: ‘In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety’ (verse 8).

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