Psalm 4 – God My Righteousness
In pondering what Psalm to post for today, I decided to just start at Psalm 1 and post the first one in order that I had never posted before. Turns out I’ve already posted Psalms 1, 2, and 3, but have not posted Psalm 4. As I read through various translations on Biblegateway.com, I settled on the New Living Translation. Although the various translations are different, there are a couple of things about the NLT that speak to me.
First, in the first verse God is called the one “who declares me innocent.” Other translations refer to God as “my righteous God” or “God of my righteousness.” But this NLT translation, which is not substantively different from the other translations, states who God is to me in a way that ties in with some of the other posts I have written lately, including my post yesterday titled “Is a Little Faith Enough?”
Second, as one who has all my life struggled with controlling my anger and have been able to do so only with the help of God, verse 4 is a great reminder that my anger, if uncontrolled, only leads to sin. Other translations also admonish the reader to “not sin” but do not focus on anger as being a source of that sin.
There are other great verses in this Psalm, which is why I posted the whole thing, but these two are the most meaningful to me.
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.
1 Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people ruin my reputation?
How long will you make groundless accusations?
How long will you continue your lies?
3 You can be sure of this:
The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
The Lord will answer when I call to him.
4 Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent.
5 Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
and trust the Lord.
6 Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
Let your face smile on us, Lord.
7 You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
Linda, I liked that translation of “O God who declares me innocent” too! Thank you! Also, Aub and I pray verse 8 every night as she goes to bed. 🙂
God bless you and thank you for Psalm Sundays!
Deb, Verse 8 is a great before bed prayer! I love Psalm Sundays because it keeps me going back to the Psalms every week, and that’s a good thing. 🙂 Peace, Linda
Psalm 4:8 has been a constant reminder of His protection and His omnipresence even in the midst of turmoil. It doesn’t always seem like He is there but I know He never leaves us alone!
I like the entire Psalm but verse 5 has my wheels turning… When we face danger, we often get thrown off course but I am thankful for this reminder to “Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord.”
Our God is mighty to save! … It all comes back to a matter of trusting Him.;-)
Ann, I agree verse 8 us a great comfort. It’s a great one to meditate on as we go to sleep at night. Our Lord is mighty to save. Though we will have troubles in this world, in the end we will be with Him for eternity. 🙂 Peace, Linda