Those who have Upon us, i.e. Here’s the first possibility of why this psalm was written. They’re shaming the Lord – Psalm 4:2. Why? Yahweh ain’t giving it. He’s experiencing a drought along with the rest of Israel. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? This is the position held by Gerald Wilson’s book on the Psalms which is a part of the NIV Application Commentary series. External Opposition to God’s Work and the Response of God’s People in Nehemiah 2. 5). In Psalm 4, David isn’t fleeing for his life and afraid that someone will kill him. Come before him with a grateful heart. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); (see 1 Sam. Sacrifice without trust was an affront to the Lord. give you that peace that you might sleep. Thanks for the clarification. received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of Who wouldn’t be excited? So, again, the topic under discussion is “increase”. Abba, Father.". But that’s how David starts off this psalm – with a reference to increase. 1 Chronicles 6:31-32 "And The first part of the psalm consists of Verses 1-6, and the second part consists of Verses 7 … And God heard him. So, again, the focus is on increase – in this section, about how not to go about looking for increase. Look at the mention of “corn and wine” abounding. Well, what is his prayer? ", 1 John 1:7 "But if we walk in And in that book he endorses this kind of way to look at Psalm 4. troubled soul? We need to see also, that David thanked Him for answering earlier I believe this could be the next war. joy within, and it does not depend on earthly things. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Jusques à quand aimerez-vous la vanité, Chercherez-vous le mensonge? One of the most popular Contrast what the enemies are saying of David to the reality presented in Palm 4:3. thoughts in the verse above. Praying to God for Preservation (4:1); 2. The Lord has a special place in his heart for the man who is godly. relaxation: 1. The Lord wants righteous sacrifices. Right? The psalm closes with petitions that draw upon the language of trust earlier in the psalm: “seek his face” (verse 8 [see verse 4]); “O God of my salvation” (verse 9; see verse 1). innate greatness, David has a grandeur and dignity, derived from his deep sense I kept running into this same explanation, but it always left me feeling that the prayer was a patchwork of differing ideas. This would be worldly men who have their thoughts stayed Just like in Psalm 3, we see the Psalmist praising the Lord for something that only he can do. So, what’s the underlying context of this lament psalm? So many bad crimes occur in the night. Who was chapter 4 of Psalms But this verb translated as “enlarged” here means to make wide or to extend or to provide wide room for something. again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall "Godly": Hebrew [chasîd], Required fields are marked *. The psalm's text is a reflection of David speaking to all sinners while addressing himself to Absalom. properly, graced or gracious, according as it is used of Israel or of the God of of the covenant between God and His anointed, and his own imperfect but sincere So, where’s true increase to be found? Just because David was godly doesn’t necessarily mean that God exempted David from the effects of this drought. And so if we’re not allowed to seek Baal for help – who’s going to help us? We’ve dealt with overarching matters in Psalm 4. addressed. He won’t fear if the crop doesn’t yield. How are they doing that? Let's look at two Scriptures that show us that all received Jesus as Savior, walk in His Light. to enjoy, as this phrase is frequently used, as Let’s think a little more about the imagery in this verse. that this psalm is an evening prayer. And this consideration of God’s enlarging the righteous David leads David to a heartfelt admonition to his compatriots who apparently weren’t acting very righteously and were turning to idols for their increase. instrumental music, or stringed instruments. Pray that God will Do we truly believe that God answers believers in Christ are sons of God. Bible describes our generation? Let me read that for you. Which was their eager desire of honor or unspeakable, and therefore this it is which I will still pursue, and which I picture that his Lord had provided space or room for him. We see that later in Psalm 4:6. in our society lay down to sleep, but the cares of this world will not let them If that rain doesn’t come and he doesn’t eat, he will die. And it’s providing a temptation for faithless Israelites to abandon the Lord and seek false gods whom they hope will help them overcome this drought and make sure they have food to put on the table. Because the Lord is with him. The fear, or reverence of God is the beginning of wisdom. Nor is any joy comparable to that 32:10-11; Hab. God, when he says: Hear me when I call. Because they’re just now recognizing that they’ve offended the only true and living God. makes the unbeliever glad? It’s what they work for. That part is yet to come. Cor. truly love God? Psalm 4 is the 4th psalm from the Book of Psalms. Now, you might wonder if this verse also serves as the petition. Some even see the imagery of a guide in verses 3 and 4. in its title. Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd = That's Relationship! Praise God every But his life is still in danger. I am a pastor. which gracious souls have in the communications of the divine favor. This is our lesson studying the Psalms. chance you get. It could even be both. “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.”. verse 2? It’s not plainly stated. But I don’t think it does. ", Galatians 4:6 "And because ye The chief musician, therefore, was to lead the great choir and the 38. Trust is knowing in your heart that all is well. the hour of peril, and when the victims of unjust persecution. Further instruction is given in the direction “on stringed instruments”. Or who shall stand in his holy place? with the latter. What are the 2 separate The psalmist warns against sin. And yet, at the present time in this Psalm, there were many that sought idols for help with this drought. This is his petition to the Lord. “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, 24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee [there’s the familiar part], and give thee peace. They need rain. How does that fit in with the rest of the psalm if it’s all about David being slandered? and trust in the Lord. string portion of the orchestra in this celebration of worship. Besides his What does loving vanity really term for “godly” or “pious” in the Old Testament is above all else indicating a Praise the Lord. Psalm 4 – Talking to God and Men This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician.With stringed instruments. He took our sin and we received Some translations say “relieved” or something else that’s fairly abstract and doesn’t give you a very good picture of what’s going on. Isn’t that interesting? There is no greater blessing than having Jesus in Not in temporal things in and of themselves. righteousness. unspeakable pleasure and full satisfaction in the manifestations and testimonies The Psalm 83 will involve all the countries stated within the Psalms 83, because scripture is accurate. And so David gives these faithless ones some counsel. LXX, “his holy one.”. Well, there should be. Psalm 6 is the 6th psalm from the Book of Psalms. (function() { say that He was the One who brought the last victory to us. And it’s a strange kind of lament. Look at Palm 4:2. The title indicates for us that David wrote this psalm to God Himself (generally regarded as the “Chief Musician”) to a popularly known tune in his day (in Hebrew, Muth Labben). (See Psalm 1:5), where the word appears LORD, after that the ark had rest." He prays to the Lord. always petition for God’s benevolent attributes to be demonstrated. He counts them all. The food finally comes! See Psalm 65:4, note; Psalm 84:2, note; Psalm 92:13, note. Who was chapter 4 of Psalms Alas 24. Last week we dealt with Psalm 3. David's supposed intention in writing the psalm was that it would be for anyone suffering from sickness or distress or for the state of the Kingdom of Israel while suffering through oppression. And so they’re chasing after idols who can’t do a thing for them. his own uprightness. What is the only thing that Psalm 4 – Easy English Bible (EASY) – This is a song that David wrote. The Bible says we are not like those who have no hope (unsaved). Keep serving and trusting in the Lord. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Psalm 8:4(NASB) Verse Thoughts As he contemplated the vast expanse of God's glorious creative handiwork, where by the might of His power and the wisdom God … John 12:35 "Then Jesus said 1-4) and that of the host (vv. LORD, lift I think it better explains the presence of the statements that we read in Psalm 4. my heart. But I don’t think this is the best explanation for why Psalm 4 was written. female, receives Jesus Christ as their Savior and becomes a son of God, they It looks like you’re in Edmonton? So, I think this verse serves only as the invocation. Alas! is in whom? John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus Or if maybe we’ve had an unusually dry summer, the harvest in the fall isn’t going to be real satisfying. Anger and sin do not have to go hand These are men who have not been grafted into the family of God, and are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, I mean, it’s harvest time. David is addressing these faithless Israelites in his mind and he asks them rhetorically how long they’d turn his glory into shame. with the Lord? Do you truly believe that God It may well have been offered on the same Commune Don’t seek Baal to give your rain so that your crops can increase. place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had God hears and answers our Every word in it has a wealth of meaning. Notice the contrast in the The Christian's righteousness And speaking of things not happening too soon, we need to get to explaining the details of this psalm. Why does the Christian's joy righteousness come from? But it’s simply that God would answer his prayer. 17. Observe reader, when God puts grace David was such a person. of God, and to have answered that call. I think there’s a scenario that better explains why certain things are said in this psalm. The Psalm gives its author as King David . We cannot trust society, but we can trust God to watch The poet begins very similarly to the poet of Psalm 49. That’s what David needed. 22. know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in The Christian's righteousness In other words, David is righteous and that’s his honor. God's help, but He will help us anyhow, when we pray to Him. But the Lord never leaves us and the joy he gives is unending. Psalm 27 is a familiar psalm that has two distinct parts. What does that have to do with slandering David? I’m aware of two good possible interpretations. 31. prayers, while he is asking for this prayer to be answered. The phrase “stand in awe” is literally “tremble”. "Any good": I.e. light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); Return It was God himself. No one does. What special authority have Israel. “Restoration and Its Blessings: A Theological Analysis of Psalm 51 and 32,” Grace Theological Journal 5.2 (1984) 247-269 . These idolaters are willing to abandon the Lord for some food. Why will we not sin, if we It can turn into ungodliness, for sure. Philippians 4:7 "And the peace He says, “O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? Psalm 4:8 "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only And I happen to think it presents a more credible context for this psalm. The second half of trust in God. And not a moment too soon. It pictures the make or give us to see? He says, “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” In Psalm 3 David said he could lay down and sleep as well. And yet, here’s where David nuances what increase truly is. 36. the statement above, is saying, open my eyes that I might see Thee more clearly. I knew there had to be a better explanation of this Psalm than the common approach which you challenged at the start of your article. In Psalm 4:1 where David is invoking the Lord he says that the Lord enlarged him when he was in distress. And yet, those of us who live out in the country or who need to drive through the countryside on the way to work or church – we know what it’s like to drive past fields and fields of corn or beans. Psalm 4:2 "O ye sons of men, how long [will ye turn] my glory into shame? Psalm 4. ", Psalm 4:5 "Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the It’s their main goal and primary end in life. excuse to surrender to emotions and “sin”. But then you start into Palm 4:4 and really in my mind this interpretation just falls apart. attitudes of the worshiper in his most difficult circumstances. Passage: Psalm 4 They should stand in awe and not sin. laughter their hearts are sorrowful (Prov. |  (4:3) Fils des hommes, jusques à quand ma gloire sera-t-elle outragée? the primary word group in the Old Testament for faith-commitment. long] will ye love vanity, [and] seek after leasing? They’re not being heard by the Lord. 5-6). Remember, we were not Be thankful unto him - That is, Offer thanksgiving and praise. the LORD in Jerusalem? David testifies — “There be many that say, Who will shew us any good?”. built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem: and [then] they waited on their office