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

  • Vanessa on Psalms 4
    And righteousness is no longer a sacrifice in my heart it's no longer a sacrifice to my Lord righteousness is righteousness is righteousness
  • Chris Ogunleye on Psalms 4
    Why did Jesus tell His disciples to buy swords?
  • Matt - in Reply on Psalms 4
    Thats kind of a tough one, but I believe he was warning them of the dangers that laid ahead of them.
    God bless You!
  • Arapasowu John on Psalms 4
    But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself...
  • Abimbola on Psalms 4
    personally it is a psalm that open your heart to submission to God . when he said answer me when I call to you , this is a point when you have tried all and nothing seem working in a solemly voice that came out ,. there is Another verse that many people asking who wil show us better times at a point when you have been written off that nothing good wil come out of psm 4 is a really powerfull pslm
  • Michael on Psalms 4
    "Thou hast put gladness in my heart." Knowing the origin of gladness is thrilling and rewarding.
  • IDA on Psalms 4
    EACH NIGHT I TRY TO READ OR RECITE THIS PSALM .IT HSVE BEEN S GREAT COMFORT TO ,TO ASK GOD TO HEAR ME IS JUST AWSOME, I LOVE HIM WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL.
  • Brianna vs. 4 on Psalms 4
    Another translation: Be agitated, but do not sin.Have your say in your heart, upon your bed, and keep silent

    So, it is a reminder that there are times to be upset or agitated. These are not bad feelings in themselves. However, we need to exercise self control. We can be angry, but we are warned to not sin. Don't turn that anger into violence. Vs. 5 tells us to trust in God to make things right.
  • Njy on Psalms 4
    Inside my dark closet with the little light from the tablet, I strongly believe the invisible and ALL KNOWING GOD is with me and He hears my voice.
  • Dianne Holle on Psalms 4
    We can't have verse 8 without accomplishing the Scriptures before it.


 

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According to Psalm 4, why can we lie down and sleep in peace?
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