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1 (To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.) 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.

Commentary for Psalms 4

The children of men proved, and the happiness of godly people. (1-5) God's favour is happiness. (6-8)

1-5 Hear me for thy mercy-sake, is our best plea. He who will not ask such blessings as pardon, and justifying righteousness, and eternal life, must perish for the want of them. Alas! that so many should make so fearful a choice. The psalmist warns against sin. Keep up holy reverence of the glory and majesty of God. You have a great deal to say to your hearts, they may be spoken with, let it not be unsaid. Examine them by serious self-reflection; let your thoughts fasten upon that which is good, and keep close to it. Consider your ways, and before you turn to sleep at night, examine your consciences with respect to what you have done in the day; particularly what you have done amiss, that you may repent of it. when you awake in the night, meditate upon God, and the things that belong to your peace. Upon a sick-bed, particularly, we should consider our ways. Be still. when you have asked conscience a question, be serious, be silent, wait for an answer. Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence must be pan answer. Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence only: therefore, after commanding the sacrifices of righteousness, the psalmist says, Put your trust in the Lord.

6-8 Wordly people inquire for good, not for the chief good; all they want is outward good, present good, partial good, good meat, good drink, a good trade, and a good estate; but what are all these worth? Any good will serve the turn of most men, but a gracious soul will not be put off so. Lord, let us have thy favour, and let us know that we have it, we desire no more; let us be satisfied of thy loving-kindness, and will be satisfied with it. Many inquire after happiness, but David had found it. When God puts grace in the heart, he puts gladness in the heart. Thus comforted, he pitied, but neither envied nor feared the most prosperous sinner. He commits all his affairs to God, and is prepared to welcome his holy will. But salvation is in Christ alone; where will those appear who despise him as their Mediator, and revile him in his disciples? May they stand in awe, and no longer sin against the only remedy.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 4

  • Ashley
    I've recited this psalm at night when I put my babies to sleep. That they sleep peacefully.
  • Angel
    amen! who has us if not the Father? praise be to God for gracing us with His blessings. No need to stress or worry for he has a plan for us all. I love u Lord Jesus.
  • MockingBird
    2 Years ago a tornado came through and got my home and my car and my man friends truck : I had lived there 37 years : My home was oak and 115 years old. I was able to salvage most of my belongings : I and man friend were not hurt : Thank and Praise God !!!! I refuse to go through another experience like that again of the devil coming against me to steal from me !!! It is a frightening time to go through : Since then I have a new home and a new car , Thanks to my Lord God and insurance : When I lay down at nite ,I now pray this prayer every time : In Jesus name , I will both lay me down in peace and sleep : for thou Lord only makest me to dwell live in safety. Praise God forever more !!
  • MRS ELIZABETH CHANDLER
    GOD.HEARS.ME.WHENEVER. I.CALLED.GLORY.TOYOU.LORD.IN.MY.LIFE.
  • Coleena Garland
    What does this mean how long will you love vanity Psalms 4 ;2
  • Marilyn Taylor
    When I cry unto God in the night and recognize his greatness and awesomness, confessing any sin, He hears my prayer and grants sweet peace. I can sleep in such peace that assures me of the safety He gives to me. When I feel turmiol all around me, I only need to look to God and meditate on his strength, and be awed by his power and my soul is stilled and filled with His peace.

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Bible Trivia

According to Psalm 4, why can we lie down and sleep in peace?
  • The angels are surrounding us
  • The enemy must depart from us
  • God is guarding our dreams
  • God makes us dwell in safety