Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Thoughts on Psalms 4

Thoughts on Psalms 4
Psa 4:1 To the Chief Musician, for stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness; You gave room to me in trouble; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
Psa 4:2 O sons of men, how long will you turn My glory into shame? Will you love vanity and seek after a lie?
Psa 4:3 But know that Jehovah has set apart the godly for Himself. Jehovah hears when I call to Him.
Psa 4:4 Tremble, and sin not; speak within your own heart on your bed and be still. Selah.
Psa 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in Jehovah.
Psa 4:6 There are many who say, Who will show us any good? Jehovah, lift up the light of Your face on us.
Psa 4:7 You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their grain and their wine increased.
Psa 4:8 I will lie down, both in peace and in sleep. For You alone, Jehovah, make me dwell in safety.

One must call on the Lord to have Him listen. Our cries can be in many forms, be out of fear, lamentation, anger, triumph and of course love.

David cries out to those who mock God to say, “How long will you turn my Glory into shame?” God has even done something even greater… He has turned Himself, through His Son… to be both our shame and our Glory. Jesus on the cross to take our shame, to cause us to humble our hearts and realize how much God loves and how far He will go to show us His love.

David has just gone through hiding for his life from his own son… yet God overcame David's son Absalom. Though David lost his son… he has gained more confidence in God’s ability to take on the causes of those who follow Him. In fact David revels in it! We need to realize God lost a Son, Who because He was perfect and without sin, gave God many Sons and Daughters! In this we should revel in!

In many ways if the world really understood who we are in Christ They would be trembling in fear… Yet, as scripture tells us, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone”. (Psalms 118:22)

Jesus follows this scripture with: "Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.” (Matt 21:43)

We are to offer sacrifices…. Or as Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.”As we offer ourselves as living sacrifices, God will radiate His Glory (Jesus) on those who mock. In this radiance we will find blessing greater than any worldly thing.

"Psa 4:7 You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their grain and their wine increased."

We will also gain the blessing of a good conscience, with peace and in sleep, knowing God's got our back.

"Psa 4:8 I will lie down, both in peace and in sleep. For You alone, Jehovah, make me dwell in safety."

We eternally dwell in Christ Himself... for He is Life Eternal. In Him we have His protection. I will say this, do not think this is just physical protection here on earth... this is much greater than that. It is Eternal Protection. It is the salvation of our souls for all eternity. We may lose our lives here on earth, but we will not lose all, but gain more, for we gain Christ Himself.



damiencon said...

Hey Iggy, thanks for the blog.

I like to think of this Psalm as one where David is actually playing the role of an evangelist. Those people who have been surrounding him and plotting against him (per psalm 2+3), these are the one's to whom the Psalm speaks. Far from condemning his adverseries, David is praying for them to see the light. Thus he implores them to offer the sacrifice of righteousness and to trust in Jehovah. Earlier on in the Psalm, David asks, how long will you turn my glory into shame? This is not for the porpose of declaring them reprobate, but rather for the purpose of inciting them to repentance. Anyway, just thought I'd share that.


iggy said...

Good thoughts there...

I think David being a man after God's own heart would agree that it is god's kindness that leads to repentance.

I would agree that David is not condemning but imploring them to seek God.

Thanks for the visit<