Sunday Devotional: Psalm 4

“Answer me when I call,
God, who vindicates me.
You freed me from affliction;
be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

How long, exalted men, will my honor be insulted?
How long will you love what is worthless
and pursue a lie?Selah
Know that the Lord has set apart
the faithful for Himself;
the Lord will hear when I call to Him.
Be angry and do not sin;
on your bed, reflect in your heart and be still.Selah
Offer sacrifices in righteousness
and trust in the Lord.

Many are saying, “Who can show us anything good?”
Look on us with favor, Lord.

You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and new wine abound.
I will both lie down and sleep in peace,
for You alone, Lord, make me live in safety.”  (Psalms)

David was one of the best writers.  He wrote many psalms which covered a wide range of areas, many of these we have turned into worship songs.  In this psalm, we see again the importance of turning to God in worship and trusting Him.

As I was recently reading it, the verse that stood out was verse 4 “Be angry and do not sin;
on your bed, reflect in your heart and be still. Selah”  In 2017, this is a very important verse to remember.  Our society has made being angry a virtue and has praised it.  It is so easy to get angry and let it drive directly towards sin but that is not what God wants for us.  He wants us to not sin.  So when there are those times when it is legit to get angry, let us not let it careen us off to sin.  And especially to not get angry and sin when it’s not a legit time to get angry.

The other part of that verse “on your bed, reflect in your heart and be still.”  We live in a time when hustle and bustle is a way of life.  We get so caught up in being busy that we don’t often take the time to slow down.  But we need to take time to stop, to be still and listen to what God has to say.  It is a discipline that would greatly help us and one that would help us to grow closer to Him.

So this week, let us take time to stop and be still to listen to the Lord.  And let us go about doing good showing God’s love and being grateful for the one who has vindicated us.

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