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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

  • Des
    Richard, I'm in the process of growing with God and I am currently his work in progress.. but I have some incite for you.. call on the Holy Spirit ask the Holy Spirit to take over and worship him praise him remind him he's a great father a father that loves a loyal father.. God does it all so re announce the goodness he is ask to be forgiven for your sins that you commit knowingly and unknowingly
  • Richard
    I want to kno God, learn how to praise.
    so brothers pray for me
    am Richard Mary Kamya Kigoonya
  • Karen Talley
    I read psalms 4 so I can go to sleep..it works I fall a sleep everytime.Just listen to the words King David is saying in this psalm ...peace calmness...rest
  • Hippie
    Like anything in God's word it moves things God words are real they are live when you need it it is there read it believe it and it will happen
    Trusting God trust in Jesus Christ trust in the Holy Spirit your life will be different
    If you want to change in your life read Psalms 4 start your day with Psalms 4 end your day with Psalms 4 and believe and God will be with you
  • Geraldine Cole
    Philipi u are right the only prsyer Jesus will hear from a. Sinner is repentance first of all after that when u have repented and u have the Holy Ghost then u are his Amen
  • Geraldine cole
    For the Just Shall live by Faith they shall never be move they may stubble but we cannot Fall we have the Father Jesus The Christ watching over us and the Holy Ghost living inside of us .Remember the Devil wants to break God Children sometime he will tell u lies test the spirit to see if it of Jesus we are winners Amen

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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