Morning Reflection 2/16/12 – Psalm 4

Confident Plea for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

 

1 Answer me when I call, O God of my right!

You gave me room when I was in distress.

Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

2 How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame?

How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? Selah

3 But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;

the Lord hears when I call to him.

4 When you are disturbed, do not sin;

ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Selah

5 Offer right sacrifices,

and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!

Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”

7 You have put gladness in my heart

more than when their grain and wine abound.

8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace;

for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

via Psalm 4 (NRSV) – Biblia.com.

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There is much good to ponder in this Psalm. David knew what it was like to have enemies.  David was also confident that God heard his prayers. He knew that his enemies would not be victorious. Instead, God would answer.

The time between crying out to God, and feeling that God has answered is uneasy. It is easy to fear and fret. It is also easy to try to take matters into our own hands. Notice what David does here. After he prays, he reflects on what his response should be. Here is how I would list this response: Continue reading “Morning Reflection 2/16/12 – Psalm 4”

A New Year…again

I was wondering what my “Focus” was going to be for the new year. Then it kind of hit me. Perhaps this year I can stop trying as hard and simply start trusting. One of the areas I’ve been trying to work on is having true joy in my life. I know that through Jesus Christ my sins are forgiven and that does bring me joy, yet, my life doesn’t always show it. For some reason, I’ve been making a connection between joy (or the lack of joy) and feeling like I need to be trying. So, I’m going to try to allow myself to trust God rather than feeling like it all falls on me. Dave.