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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

  • Jody
    I stumble on this web site or thought i did reading psalm three gave me comfort thank you Jesus maybe he do here my cry that's what I ask him
  • Sharon Jones
    Praise the lord, I am sitting here in the state of (selah) meaning to pause and dwell on his word Hallelujah!!
  • Sharon Jones
    Thank you Precious Lord for loving me regardless of my faults. No man on this earth is perfect, I am still a work in progress, I love and trust my Almighty perfect God, Halleulah, Halleulah.
  • Jena Mccullum
    When i read this i sleep peacefully. God is so awesome and his is faithful and just and keeps his promises i love him so much
  • Irene123
    Matt. 6:7 - We need to 'talk' to Jesus - just as we would talk to our earthly fathers, in a 'conversational' way. It's alright to quote any scripture during a time of prayer, but He needs to hear of our daily needs. He already knows what we need before we ask, but He wants communication with us - just like our own fathers do. Jesus loves us because He is our FATHER.
  • Kimi
    Can anyone tell me what the word "Selah" is about. I've read psalms many times before in an old physical version and have never seen this word used before. Thanks

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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