L. A. Marzulli
Psa 4:1 To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. HEAR me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. This is a Psalm by David, who was King over Israel. What stands out immediately is that David has a personal relationship with the God – the real one – of the universe. He asks to be heard, but I believe that this comes from knowing that he is heard. He also points back to the fact that in the past GOD has relieved him in his distress. This works in the same way as our shield of faith – that we are instructed to use in conjunction with our armor in Ephesians 6 – David is raising this shield of faith and asking for mercy and that the Lord would hear his prayer/request/petition. (Be anxious for nothing but bring everything to the Lord with prayer and supplication)
How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah There are always those who act as nay-sayers. There is a modern expression that tells us,no good deed goes unpunished. So it is with those who are looking to tear David down. This same thing happened to Jesus. When Jesus healed the man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, the Pharisees ridicule him for breaking the law! They miss the miracle and rail on Jesus, thus no good deed goes unpunished. David also makes the point of not loving things that are worthless. Here’s an example. There are people who can tell us who was the third base-man for the Chicago Cubs in 1972. While this is impressive, when looked at from an eternal perspective, it’s worthless information. Similarly, our children know more about the Mayan Calender and Nostradamus than the prophecies of Ezekiel and the Book of Revelation!
But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him. Sanctify, means to be set apart. When we ask the Lord to sanctify us, He will set us part for his use. When there is a calling on someone’s life it is to be set apart for the work of the Lord. David once again proclaims that the Lord will hear his prayer, hear his call. He knows, from past experience, that his cries will not fall on deaf ears. Sometimes it seems like there is no one there, that the Lord is far off. I have certainly had times like this. It is at this time that we go back and recall what he has done for us in the past. We raise our shield of Faith and press on…
Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah Sin – the nasty stuff we all do – separates us from God. It also holds us in bondage and in some cases will have dominion over us, or rule our actions. It can lead to abusive behavior, addictions, violence, and all sorts of dreadful stuff. This is why we are told to be angry and do not sin. When the destroyer comes in like a flood and suggests something in our minds, this is when we are to get angry and taking the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, counter the thought with scripture. Often at night I will awaken and there is a time of prayer and meditation on the events of the day. It can be a time of correction and also intimate fellowship with the God who is there.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the LORD. If we had a choice between millions of dollars and the Lord as our advocate, who would we choose? A foolish man or woman would choose the money, but a wise man or woman would know that putting our trust in the creator of the universe is more precious that any gold or silver. Know that He cares for us, and remembers that we are but dust!
There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. Here we see that comparison of those who look to the natural order rather than the Lord. Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere!
You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased. One of the fruits of the spirit is JOY! David realizes that his gladness/joy is more precious than food and drink. When we see beer commercials telling us lies that say, It doesn’t get any better than this, we should realize that the Joy of the Lord is our strength and is something that money cannot buy!
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. People all over the world are looking for peace. Some look for it at the bottom of a bottle, others in sports or work. However there is a peace that passes understanding and this comes from the Lord alone. Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. He is our peace and as Psalm 23 says, He makes us to lie down in green pastures.
In closing todays’ Bun: If you don’t know the Lord, this is always a good time to invite Him into your life. He is the God who is there. David wrote this Psalm thousands of years ago, yet we know that He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He doesn’t change. He is not capricious. He is a God of love and He is coming back to destroy the works of the Fallen One and the system that has enslaved the world for millennia!