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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

  • Geraldine cole
    Judge not that u be judge for the judgements that u give out will come back to u again Amen .be careful of the seeds u sowed. Be not quarrelsome about The word of God. AMEN
  • John
    Since the passing of my wife two years ago I really understand it better when you ask God to hear my voice
  • Portia
    This is a Psalm I love I try my best to read it every night before I go to sleep. I know Almighty God hear me when I call. Psalm 4 also tell me to ask Almighty God to Hear me when I call and to have mercy up me, and hear my Prayer.
  • Bruce
    Janice: One who's in charge of Temple Services. There are about 52 Psalms Writing to The Chief Musician. ( Like song leaders today.
  • Janice
    Can anyone tell me who the "Chief Musician" is?
  • A disciple
    Bill; you know what else seems really inconsistent, is how whenever I talk about walking in truth with a good conscience and without hypocrisy, somehow you think that that makes me the subject of the LORD's scorn as one seeking my own glory or wise in my own eyes. If these things are really so strange to you, maybe its because you've never heard this at your church? Not my fault!
  • A disciple
    Bill; Saved by grace, but only having or walking in a speck??? If the fruit is rotten, its because the tree is bad. If we are truly in Christ, truly walking in the Spirit abiding in Him and His Word in us; what? WE BRING FORTH M U C H FRUIT! Now all this fake humility which can't help but sneak an attack against someone that's done YOU no harm, is not grace or humility or piety, but hypocrisy!
  • Mild Bill,saved by grace
    disciple,

    The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.Therefore let no man glory in men.1Cor3 20

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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