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Psalm 4 The Security of the Faithful




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Psalms 4 To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. (evening Psalm to complement Ps 3)

I. In the midst of trouble, David calls to the God who has previously delivered him for further help and vindication

1 Hear/answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness/vindication!    Jer 33:3 (in prison)...and show great and mighty things
You have relieved/enlarged me in my distress/confinement;  Have mercy/favor on me, and hear my prayer.

  Ps 18:19 He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me 20 rewarded...righteous...clean

  Ps 91:14 "Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
  15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.

  Pr 1:28 "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. 29 Because they  
  hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD,  (careful to do what is right in His sight)
  Pr 28:9            One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

II. He tells rebellious liars that his loyalty to God, results in God protecting and listening to him, therefore they should fear and repent.

2 How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love vain rebellion 2:1 and seek falsehood? Selah

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

4 Be angry/tremble, and do not sin impft Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be silent/repent LXX NET. Selah cf Ex 32; Dt 32; Mk 3:5

  Eph 4:25 Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.
  26 "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil cf Rm 12:19 God will repay Js 1:20
  28 Let him who stole steal no longer...labor...working...what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
  29 Let no useless word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers
  30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
  31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. Cf 4:21-24 truth put off..renew..put on
  32 “De” be beneficial to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

III. He encourages the righteous to put their trust in the God who blesses, offering righteous sacrifices and prayer.

5 Offer/sacrifice the sacrifices of righteousness, 2Sam 15:12 cx Dt 33:11  and put your trust in the LORD.  (v5 c/b w/ previous section).

  Ps 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart --- These, O God, You will not despise.
  Heb 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His   
  name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 17 Obey...submit...un(profitable)...

6 There are many who say, "Who will show us any good?"    LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. Cf 31:20

  Num 6:24 " The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
  26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace."
  1Jn 3:22 ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

IV. He joyfully praises God for His blessing and protection, even in the midst of trouble.

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

  Ps 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy/gladness; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore

8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.  cf Ps 1

  Pr 1:32 For the turning away of the simple/deceived/(empty-headed) will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
  33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil."

Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
1. Why would God answer your prayers? Why would He not? How loyal are you to Him? Prove it. What do you love and seek?
2. Is all anger sin? What things make God/Jesus/HS angry/grieved Ps 7:11? What makes you angry? When does human anger become sin?
3. How do you respond when you feel insecure, attacked, overwhelmed? How has your response been transformed by God's Word?
4. What worship or sacrifices do you offer to God? Is he pleased with what you give Him? What would please Him more?
5. When God looks at you, is He smiling or frowning? Do you experience His presence, pleasure, and peace? How could it improve?