Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.
4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.
6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
One of the beauties of Psalm 4 is that we know it was originally a song. A song of encouragement and peace. David had felt the wholeness that only God can offer, and he is good about expressing it in his music.
There are many statements in this song that we all may feel at some time, like:
-Hear me when I call
-Have mercy on me
-Who will show us any good?
But he quickly follows these up with
-The Lord will hear when I call to Him
-You have put gladness in my heart
-You have relieved me in my distress
The song ends by with the words of trust - that he can sleep peacefully, knowing that God is his safety. I can imagine this song being sung as a lullaby. Let’s take these words to heart - God is our peace and safety, no matter what happens in life.
Clerk, Country Life Seventh-day Adventist Church
Cleburne, Texas USA