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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

  • Lori
    verse 1 Enlarge me when I am in distress, wow how powerful and blessed we are as christains. Also I love verse 8, I am comforted knowing if I die in my sleep God is always by my side, this is peace that passeth all understanding.
  • LadyA
    Dwell in the safety of the LORD! What better way to live life!
  • Mild Bill
    We cannot have mercy if God is indebted to our deeds. To be set apart by the Lord is to be saved forever, never temporarily. Therein is found the gladness of our hearts. The "the sacrifices of righteousness" are for us to do what we can, when we can, in his name, to his glory, nothing to be prideful about, evermore in his service.
  • Bruce
    G.Cole: Would You Explain how This Verse Talks about lent?
  • Lu2677
    Geraldine C., 1 Samuel 2:20 has nothing to do with the Catholic and Protestant practice of giving up certain foods or pleasurable acts for 40 days what you call Ash Wed.and Easter.You are taking the word "lent" in this verse out of it's context. Fasting and repentance is holy. I see some giving up bad habits temporarily, this is not repentance.
  • Geraldine cole
    To Irene 123 /^1Sam ch2 v20 talks about lent.
  • Geraldine cole
    The word of Jesus tells us the way the world will know we are childern of Jesus is by the way we love one another to day it seem as if most people harts are cold they only care about them self the word did say men hart will wax cold they will be lover of themself and we show are living in the last days Childern turning on their parents .Parents turning against their childern Jesus Got this
  • Aubrey
    I enjoy the whole chapter of psalms 4 but I especially enjoy verse 8," I will both lay me down in peace and sleep, for thou Lord, only makest me dwell in safety." That verse has helped me so much and still does!! It lets me know that God is there and is watching over me and you!! He makes sure that we are dwelling in safety when we are sleeping!!

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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