Psalm 4 reflects God’s overwhelming desire to grant peace and rest in all circumstances. David is on the run from Absalom. He has been called everything but a good guy. While the king is not in a good place in his personal and professional life, David recognizes that he safe and at peace while resting in the Lord.
David does not ignore the accusations and threats of his enemies. David simply camps on the truth that His peace and comfort come from God and God alone. David knows not to let anger rule the day, it will pull one away from God. Instead, the King focuses on who God is and what God offers to those that seek Him with a humble heart and spirit.
Our enemies lie, threaten, and accuse us of everything under the sun. Despite the world’s attempts to destroy us, if we will simply trust the Lord, rest in Him, and derive our peace and comfort from following Him; then, we will know true peace and rest.
In our current culture, true peace and rest seem almost extinct. People chase the illusive peace through money, power, substances, and entertainment. David reminds us that Adonai, our Father, is our sole source of peace in his and in our generation. It is hard to remember that there really is nothing new under the sun. The struggles we face were faced in David’s time as well.
Most of the Bible’s trials repeat in both the old and new testament and have continued throughout history. That is why Paul said in Philippians 4:11-13, 19 that he had learned the secret of being content in all circumstance knowing that he could do all things through Christ, and that God is faithful to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory.
David’s verse reminds us to rest in the Lord and ignore the lies and taunts of our enemies and the world. If we trust God, then God himself will provide that peace and rest the world cannot find or claim.
God Bless You
Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people ruin my reputation?
How long will you make groundless accusations?
How long will you continue your lies? Interlude
3 You can be sure of this:
The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
The Lord will answer when I call to him.
4 Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude
5 Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
and trust the Lord.
6 Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
Let your face smile on us, Lord.
7 You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.