Offer — Unto God, that he may be reconciled to you; the sacrifice of righteousness — Righteous sacrifices; which requires that the persons offering them be righteous and do righteous things, and offer them with an honest mind, with faith and true repentance. We may request cookies to be set on your device. It’s brief – probably one or two words usually. LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.”. It’s true that the Psalmist is asking for something. The voice of the ungodly cynic echoed in David’s ear. Well, what is his prayer? Why? These words don’t sound very joyful. Psalms 4 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides notes on all 66 books of the Bible, and contain more than 7,000 pages of material He increased David in some way that we don’t know about yet. Psalms 4 Commentary, this commentary, written by 29 eminent scholars, is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries They’re going around saying – well, we tried the Lord. Who wouldn’t be excited? Here’s the first possibility of why this psalm was written. And give you peace. The food finally comes! So, where’s true increase to be found? Psalms 4:8. You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. This trembling can indicate that the one who’s trembling is angry in some contexts. Jehovah gathers the trusting soul into a place of safety by taking it away from all the things which trouble or harass…the tried and tired child of His love is pavilioned in His peace.” (Morgan), (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. We started last time studying a sub-set of psalms known as lament or complaint psalms. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. The Safety of the Faithful. that so many should make so fearful a choice. We may request cookies to be set on your device. So somehow these guys are shaming David’s God. And it’s providing a temptation for faithless Israelites to abandon the Lord and seek false gods whom they hope will help them overcome this drought and make sure they have food to put on the table. David isn’t describing the faithless idolatrous Israelites to the Lord. David pictures himself as one who was in a tight spot. And it’s better than the joy that anyone can derive from stuff. Psalm 4:4. I think Psalm 4:7 then is David’s statement of confidence in the Lord. They’re shaming the Lord – Psalm 4:2. Psalms 4:2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? He therefore had a gladness that the world could not take away, even with all their slander and lies. David is addressing these faithless Israelites in his mind and he asks them rhetorically how long they’d turn his glory into shame. Who really thinks it’s a good use of one’s time to pursue “leasing” or deception? Learn how your comment data is processed. The Lord wants righteous sacrifices. He proposes his request and suit for audience. how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? He’s suffering need and lack of material provisions. “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.”. Be angry, and do not sin: With the ungodliness around him, David had reason to be angry, but he had no reason to sin. And yet, at the present time in this Psalm, there were many that sought idols for help with this drought. 2 He reproveth and exhorteth his enemies. I mean, it’s harvest time. In Psalm 4, David isn’t fleeing for his life and afraid that someone will kill him. I think there’s a scenario that better explains why certain things are said in this psalm. Admonitory, ver. Psalms 4 Commentary, this commentary, once the most popular commentary, is favored by Christians of many denominations I was preparing a funeral message for a woman who found constant encouragement from this Psalm in the course of a lifetime filled with many difficulties. And it’s a strange kind of lament. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. A Psalm of David. We see that later in Psalm 4:6. But don’t go turning to idols. Instead, David actually addresses them as if they were standing right there in front of him. Idols have no power. You have relieved me in my distress; I’m not able to verify the following assertion, but legend has it that there is a Valley of the Shadow of Death in Israel in the southern region. that so many should make so fearful a choice. And if you are one of the godly – one who has experienced God’s loyal covenant love and as a result shows that kind of love back to God and to others – if that’s the case, then you know that the Lord will hear when you call to him and provide for you whatever you need when you need it. The phrase “stand in awe” is literally “tremble”. So, again, the topic under discussion is “increase”. It looks like you’re in Edmonton? We’ve dealt with overarching matters in Psalm 4. The LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly, Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD, LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased, For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety, © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . And it’s not nearly as easy to figure out the underlying situation in this psalm as it was in Psalm 3. The Lord – not the idols – the Lord alone makes David to dwell securely. Last week we dealt with Psalm 3. And I happen to think it presents a more credible context for this psalm. BRIEF OUTLINE. Awesome job explaining this Psalm. The Lord won’t. With stringed instruments. The LORDlift up His countenance upon you, So, I think this verse serves only as the invocation. And on, and on. It is usually very big. d. More than in the season that their grain and wine increased: The ungodly can be happy when the money is coming in and everything is prosperous. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. And then lastly in Psalm 4:8, David praises the Lord for the security he knows. “Trust”: This command reflects the primary word group in the Old Testament for faith-commitment. David was such a person. 2, 3. It was God himself. David was a preacher, a royal preacher, as well as Solomon; many of his psalms are doctrinal and practical as well as devotional; the greatest part of this psalm is so, in which Wisdom cries to men, to the sons of men (as Prov. And ultimately, they ought not be sacrificing to false gods – to demons. Click on the different category headings to find out more. So, don’t lose sleep in lean times. 3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. 1. Let’s think a little more about the imagery in this verse. Answer me when I call to you,my righteous God.Give me relief from my distress;h These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. He testifies, “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.” The source of gladness for those who don’t know the Lord – it’s stuff. So, what’s the topic? viii. We’re again talking about a lament Psalm. And at the same time, David is filled with peace that God will provide him all the increase he needs. Psalm 3 refers to David's rising up in the morning, whereas Psalm 4 refers to his nighttime sleep. Psalms 4. An apostrophe to his enemies, which is, 1. They’re not being heard by the Lord. But David commands these men – if they find themselves in bed, they better not be hatching evil schemes. I knew there had to be a better explanation of this Psalm than the common approach which you challenged at the start of your article. They moved it from place to place. David was a preacher, a royal preacher, as well as Solomon; many of his psalms are doctrinal and practical as well as devotional; the greatest part of this psalm is so, in which Wisdom cries to men, to the sons of men (as Prov. They think that the god lives there. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. 4. “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.”. Learn Psalm 4: 8 by heart. He wanted both. how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Isn’t that interesting? Trusting in the length or form of prayer (Matthew 6:7). Praise the Lord, Abundantly blessed with your explanation of Psalm 4 and it has become more meaningful for me. And that’s what occupies him through Psalm 4:5. To the Chief Musician. Its context is a drought that’s tempting Israelites to turn to idols. So, again, the focus is on increase – in this section, about how not to go about looking for increase. 27 ¶ And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.”. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. Who was David’s glory in Psalm 3? So, let’s try to discover the real underlying situation of Psalm 4. The Lord has set apart the godly man, no matter what these enemies are saying. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. The children of men proved, and the happiness of godly people. That word translated “godly man” is related to CHESED – loyal covenant love. 3 But know that # (2 Tim. a. Nothing else after Palm 4:4 makes much sense if the psalm’s context is David’s being slandered by enemies. a. Goldingay in the Baker commentary series also approaches Psalm 4 this way. Because they’re just now recognizing that they’ve offended the only true and living God. Look at the mention of “corn and wine” abounding. Ones that are done right – with clean hands and a pure heart. Corn/food, wine/drink, money, clothes, houses, land, vehicles, whatever else. What does David call God? Because the Lord is with him. The title does not tell us, as that of the former did, that it was penned on any particular occasion, nor are we to think that all the psalms were … Psalm 23 4 Commentary: Valley of the Shadow of Death. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. He slept well because his safety was from the LORD, not from circumstances or even feelings. But some people are lying about him and making it sound like he isn’t. (1-5) God's favour is happiness. And thank you for the encouragement. Or, Be angry, as the word is here rendered by all the ancient, and by some modern translators, and even by St. on StudyLight.org Just like in Psalm 3, we see the Psalmist praising the Lord for something that only he can do. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. Or what about this phrase – “money is a little tight right now”. The paths are steep. LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.” Confidence. Though David was in distress, vexed by ungodly men all around, he could still have gladness in his heart because the LORD put it there. 2. If that rain doesn’t come and he doesn’t eat, he will die. Psalms 100:4 - Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. The valley is dark. We’ll starve! Were you looking into this issue for personal devotions or to teach? c. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD: David knew the value of doing religious things (offer the sacrifices), yet he also knew that those could not replace trust in the LORD. These folks are loving emptiness – in the Hebrew – and seeking a lie or a delusion. Reprehensive, ver. And if it’s been a particularly rainy summer and now it’s time for harvest, you might see a lot of produce that’s unusable because the fields have actually been too wet. Psalm 4 - For the director of music. A psalm of David. Now, you might wonder if this verse also serves as the petition. That wasn’t just their job, either. Selah Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, No one does. In this case, it’s that the Lord alone can make David dwell securely. Stand in awe — Hebrew, רגזו, rigzu, Tremble, therefore, and be afraid, if not of me, yet, at least, of God, who hath engaged himself in my cause, and will be an adversary to my adversaries. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? 4:1 B. When religious observance is coupled with true trust in God, we draw near to God and experience the benefits of drawing near. Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my glory to shame? But I don’t think it does. How does that fit in with the rest of the psalm if it’s all about David being slandered? That’s what David needed. e. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep: David could sleep well at night, even in distressing times and surrounded by the ungodly. Psalm 4:4. Your email address will not be published. So, this interpretation of the underlying situation is plausible so far. II. And let me tell you, idolaters are really happy when their crops come in. What’s the solution? Pray that God will do something for poor people that you know. OK, then God is the one who can attest to David’s righteousness. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. Why? It can turn into ungodliness, for sure. God hears that kind of a person when he calls. “Oh God of my – what?” Righteousness. The psalmist warns against sin. Do you ever feel a little embarrassed about doing that? And that’s the extent of it. What does that have to do with slandering David? And this is actually the way I was leaning at the beginning when I first started studying the psalm. And put your trust in the LORD. Well, enter Baal – the Canaanite rain god. Keep up holy reverence of the glory and majesty of God. In fact, it’ll probably be pretty disappointing – especially to the farmers who depend on the crop to come in. Psalm 4:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 4:4, NIV: "Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent." And this was one of the main attractions that ancient Canaanite fertility gods held out for disobedient and faithless Israelites. That’s what they’re living for. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Idols won’t do it. Let me read that for you. 5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous. None of us is able to make our own life—let alone the whole world—as it should be. A temple is a building. True Increase Comes from the Lord. Let’s see if Baal will do it for us. In other words, David is righteous and that’s his honor. Both speak of the possibility of finding such peace in God’s presence that even when torn by physical and emotional pain, a person may still have restful sleep (Psalms 3: 5 Psalms 3: 5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. The psalmist warns against sin. And yet the Lord is going to enlarge him. b. Meditate within your heart: David spoke of the Biblical practice of meditation, not the Eastern practice of meditation. Selah. So, these guys are just hopeless, I guess. A drought, probably around the time of harvest. These folks all needed God’s blessing. Then some of them are asking who will show us any good. Sermon Bible Commentary. This is the position held by Gerald Wilson’s book on the Psalms which is a part of the NIV Application Commentary series. III. So, what’s the underlying context of this lament psalm? Material provisions, something like that. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. So, that’s Psalm 4. 6-8. But it’s simply that God would answer his prayer. David was fleeing from his son. He’s telling them to tremble with fear. He says, “LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.” This phrasing should remind us of Numbers 6:22-27. One of the commentaries I purchased that comes highly recommended by conservative Christians is Peter Craigie’s book in the Word Biblical Commentary series on the Psalms. “There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Praise the Lord. Because the word translated “distress” can also be translated as “narrow place”. And that’s what most of ancient Israel was – farmers. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Psalms 4:1 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. And the only way the enemies can make their accusations seem legitimate is to use deception – to aim at deception. It’s really perilous. The focus on David in Psalm 89 no doubt … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26" But I don’t think this is the best explanation for why Psalm 4 was written. People are troubled about many things, but God ‘puts gladness in our hearts.’. Psalm 4:4, ESV: "Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.Selah" Psalm 4:4, KJV: "Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Their accusations against David are worthless in reality. Is physical, material increase the only kind that a person ought to be interested in? So, in a very narrow-feeling spot in David’s life, the Lord extended David. And ultimately – even in the Old Testament – the Lord demanded that men trust in him. But circumstances are different here. In his proverbs from Poor Richard’s Almanac, Ben Franklin had some good advice: “Since I cannot govern my own tongue, tho’ within my own teeth, how can I hope to govern the tongues of others?”. He prays to the Lord. David testifies — “There be many that say, Who will shew us any good?”. He’s in a tight spot with material provisions. You want a harvest, as a farmer? And that story is well-documented in the Old Testament books of Samuel. Sometimes it may have seemed like God didn’t care if the Israelites lived or died. And God hears David. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. I mean, who thinks it’s a good idea to turn something glorious – like the Lord – into something shameful – like a piece of wood that one bows down to? Without which he intimates that all their sacrifices were of no esteem with God, and would be wholly unprofitable to them. Sometimes in the Old Testament, wicked people are pictured as plotting evil schemes in their beds. Your explanation helped a lot. Is that your conviction? The godly – the righteous – have experienced God’s kind loyal love and they turn around and express it to others. It might help you master whatever crisis they’re causing in your life. Contrast what the enemies are saying of David to the reality presented in Palm 4:3. This is his petition to the Lord. f. For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety: G. Campbell Morgan points out that David’s idea of alone here was not the LORD and none other. Why tell them to meditate on their beds? David could be happy even in distressing times, because the LORD put gladness in his heart. But that’s how David starts off this psalm – with a reference to increase. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. The entire rest and tranquillity of God's faithful servants, when they lay them down on their bed at night, is beautifully expressed in the words of the text. Let the Lord cause you to dwell securely. One possibility is that these men are actually turning to these idols in order to make life work for them. User Commentary: Hebrew OT - Transliteration - Holy Name KJV Tehillim / Psalms 4. 4:4-5 D. Closing prayer to God, Ps. And we’ve basically seen the theme – what David says about increase. I’ll tell show you both and give you the one that I prefer and why. Not in temporal things in and of themselves. And harvest time in ancient Israel would have been a joyous time. Because, again, God will vouch for David’s righteousness. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. He won’t fear famine and drought. Selah. It’s not plainly stated. A psalm of David. There were wild dogs waiting down in the lower parts on the sides of the paths that would kill sheep that fell off the paths. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. But he ain’t workin’ for us anymore. How long will you people turn my glory into shame? Don’t sin. (6-8) 1-5 Hear me for thy mercy-sake, is our best plea. Psalm 4#In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.For the director of music. A. Psalm 4:6 – as I said – is a petition. In it the servants of a god meet together. We need rain. And this consideration of God’s enlarging the righteous David leads David to a heartfelt admonition to his compatriots who apparently weren’t acting very righteously and were turning to idols for their increase. They’re not seeking the Lord to provide the increase that they need. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! Psalm 4 makes a good preaching text any time of year because it offers wisdom and imparts faith. They have a way for us Israelites to have success with our crops while also enjoying our sin. As I say – the rest of the psalm is still kind of a closed book if we’re trying to understand it as stemming from David being slandered by some bad guys. In this case, David is calling to mind the priestly blessing in Numbers 6. Or are you going to go along with the crowd and seek expedients to provide the increase you think you need? We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. But despite David’s righteousness and God’s willingness to back up the fact that David is righteous – look at what David needs to tell certain Israelites in Palm 4:2. They’re reproaching him. The Lord has set apart the godly man for himself. They ought to be offering sacrifices to the Lord. And he’ll give you gladness that surpasses anything this temporal life has to offer. 4:6-8 WORD AND PHRASE STUDY. 4 Tremble and[ d] do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Because that’s what he does, according to those nice pagan neighbors down the road – yeah, the ones Israel should have driven out of the land, but didn’t. Trusting in the length or form of prayer (Matthew 6:7). 4, 5. b. LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us: Despite what the cynics said or thought, David trusted that the LORD would show him good. What should be the response to the questions posed in Psalm 4:2? It’s what they work for. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. When money is hard to come by for us, don’t we say something like we feel pinched? 8:4, Prov. The theme is then what the poet says about his topic. Now let’s go through the psalm one more time pointing out details that might help us understand the psalm better. You can also change some of your preferences. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. Now, with that understanding of the context of this psalm, let’s look at Psalm 4’s structure. Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project Book 4 of Psalms places the brokenness of the world—including human mortality—in the context of God’s sovereignty. He won’t fear if the crop doesn’t yield. There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Would we expect the idolaters to respond with something like “well, just a little longer” or “well, I intend to keep doing these things.” No, I think if the idolaters would have heard the questions posed this way they would have seen the obvious errors in their thinking. I think it’s about increase. “The thought of the word alone is ‘in loneliness,’ or as Rotherham renders it ‘in seclusion’; and the word refers to the one going asleep. Ask the Lord to bless your efforts – to lift up the light of his countenance upon you. At the heart of Psalm 89 is the question of faithfulness.1 More particularly, the question centers on the faithfulness of God. Their lives are void of such love in their own hearts. With stringed instruments. And so David tells these enemies in the 2nd line of Palm 4:2 that they’re loving what’s worthless and aiming at deception. i. Here’s what David suggests. Selah How long will you guys make my honor a reproach? How long will you love worthlessness. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. Some were asking “who’s going to show us any good?” Well – what do you mean? And that’s the problem with these idolaters. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, 8:5), to receive instruction. These idolaters are willing to abandon the Lord for some food. The Lord has a special place in his heart for the man who is godly. Do you wonder if it’s ungodly? It doesn’t come from idols. Seek the Lord and pray to him, like David does here. And not a moment too soon. It’s like – come on guys! Psalms 4:3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. And when it happens, they’re happy. Why? But it’s really hard to figure out Psalm 4’s context. To the Chief Musician. “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.” But on … The Temple. Alas! A petition for himself and God's people, ver. A tent is a building made from animal skins, like goats. But the Lord never leaves us and the joy he gives is unending. Just because David was godly doesn’t necessarily mean that God exempted David from the effects of this drought. But in this case I think David is not counseling the idolaters to be angry. 4. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. So we need to try to piece together details from this psalm to give us an idea of why exactly the Psalmist wrote this psalm. Be angry, and do not sin. For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Required fields are marked *. It was their life. Now, let’s talk about the situation underlying this Psalm. But David says – they can have their food, but I want the Lord. They’re calling into question his integrity and righteousness. Opening prayer to God, Ps. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. But these guys are making it seem like David isn’t righteous. He felt himself to be squeezed in some way. My brother-in-law is also a pastor a few hours from there in Athabasca. Commentary for Psalms 4 . In Psalm 4:1 where David is invoking the Lord he says that the Lord enlarged him when he was in distress. Psalms 4 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. So said David, and so says the Messiah. And so what more can the psalmist do than to praise the Lord? And so David gives these faithless ones some counsel. Commentary on Psalm 4. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. Can’t you see the utter foolishness of turning from God to idols in order to achieve what only the Lord can give you? When those things pass – or in this case – they never come – then the gladness leaves, too. And Psalm 4:7 gives us David’s heart about the matter. These men are turning from the Lord and are turning to empty delusions. Not a moment too late. 4:2-3 C. Commands for an appropriate response to God, Ps. David could be that man, but instead he trusted in the LORD. Don’t seek Baal to give your rain so that your crops can increase. Audio Commentary: Psalm 4 Psalm 4 1 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. So, that’s the first possibility for the underlying situation in this psalm – that David’s being slandered. And yet, here’s where David nuances what increase truly is. Now we’ll move one psalm further onto Psalm 4. Not with hands that shed innocent blood. He says, “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” In Psalm 3 David said he could lay down and sleep as well. It’s their main goal and primary end in life. Keep serving and trusting in the Lord. “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, 24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee [there’s the familiar part], and give thee peace. If possibly you can fall asleep with some heavenly meditation, then will your sleep be more sweet (Proverbs 3:21, 24, 25); and more secure (Proverbs 6:21, 22); your dreams fewer, or more comfortable; your head will be fuller of good thoughts (Proverbs 6:22), and your heart will be in a better frame when you awake, whether in the night or in the morning. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. 3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. 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