Psalm 4

To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

2 How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness and seek falsehood? Selah

3 But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him.

4 Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah

5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

6 There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.

7 You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

 

So here David is in distress . . . again.  What is it that he finds so distressful?  I imagine David having a fitful night, anxious over how everywhere he looks, he sees people with upside down priorities.  Obsessing over things that God finds useless and trivial, all the while ignoring things that God has clearly stated are important.  In his anxiousness he calls out to God and receives back the answer, “Be angry, and do not sin.  Focus on Me, not on them.”  He is told to offer the sacrifices of righteousness and put his trust in God.  What are those sacrifices? Hmmm. Perhaps sometimes just trusting God to sort it out in His way and at His time and forfeiting your perceived right to take unsolicited action on God’s behalf is the sacrifice that is required from you.  You say, “But if I don’t step up and do something about it, who will?”  We must remember that God is perfectly capable of setting His (and everybody else’s) house in order without us.  Yes, He does at times allow us to caddy for Him, but we must never forget that He’s the one swinging the clubs and putting the ball in the hole.  Upon coming to terms with this (maybe not the golf reference, since I don’t think King David played golf) he is able to put his anxiousness behind him and finally enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.

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