Psalm 4:1-8 (ESV)
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah.
But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah.
Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD. 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. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
How marvelous it is that we can have this type of confidence in the God of the Universe: The One Who wants us to call Him Father; The Lord, the giver of life; The One Who sent His Son to pay our debt of sin.
David wrote this psalm to express his joy and consternation. Joy that God hears us when we call to Him. Consternation that the evil men that sought his misery were still around. But, ultimately, as we should, he knew that God had his back.
David speaks of the joy of the Lord being better than all the happiness that those seeking temporary good have even when things go well for them. The Joy of the Lord brings David peace and comfort even when he does not have outward blessings. The blessing of inner peace is much better, and David recognizes this.
Do you have the Peace of Christ in your heart? It is awesome to know that God loves us, and hears us when we call. It is comforting to know that God works all things together for our good. Even when things do not look good on the surface, we need to be confident, and trust in our God. He will not abandon us.
None of us are immune to suffering in this world. Our Savior suffered. He warned and promised us that if we are His, the world will hate us, because they first hated Him. But we can rest on His promise that when this world hates us because of Him, He will not forget. He will avenge. Ultimately we will see His justice.
Rejoice in God, our Savior. The Lamb of God Who takes away our sin. He hears when we call. He answers in His good time. He knows the big picture, and works His plans, and frustrates the plans of men.
by Virgil Stripes