Wednesday, January 4, 2012

150 Days of Psalms - Psalm 4

Troubles - difficult days - hard knocks - going through a bad spell...
There are a lot of sayings to describe the rough spots of life. David had a lot of troubles too. Saul was after him, his own son, Absalom, tried to take over the kingdom and was after him, he had a newborn baby who died. Life was often rough for David.

We like to focus on the first few verses of Psalm 4 "be gracious to me and hear my prayer" but notice David's instruction to himself (and to us)

5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And trust in the LORD.

There is the key.

Paul says the same thing in Romans.

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship
Romans 12:1 NASB


Phyllis Hobson said...

I like the part of verse 2 that says (NASB version): "How long will you love what is worthless...?" It's the first of the year, I am starting out by cleaning through all the "clutter and stuff" that has taken over my house. I wonder how much has taken over my heart and time and kept me "loving worthless" things rather than the things of God.

Anonymous said...

7 You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound. 8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:7-8

I'm reading this in a night where I miss the gladness of wine in my heart. And I'm softly weeping touched and comforted by my Savior. And praying the prayer of verse 8 which was my prayer as a child but long forgotten until now.