Psalm 4 (NRSV)
Confident Plea for Deliverance from Enemies
In this psalm David pours out his complaint against slanderous enemies and finds peace and refuge in God. It is not so much his safety that is endangered as it is his reputation being threatened.
1Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me now, and hear my prayer.
Prayer tip from David #1: Use past mercy as a ground for future help.
2How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? Selah
3But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.
Prayer tip from David #2: Be confident that God will hear your prayers.
4When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Selah
Prayer tip from David #3: Meditate by filling your heart and mind with God’s word.
5Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.
6There are many who say, “O that we might see some good! Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”
Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV)
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you
and give you peace.
7You have put gladness in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound.
“The kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
What feeds your heart?
8I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
Prayer tip from David #4: Once you have prayed, rest in the Lord.
Jesus said, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.”
— Matthew 11:28 (CEV)
From the fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel, by German composer Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921), the beautiful lullaby, “Evening Benediction,” from Act 2. HERE it is performed by Libera.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.