Psalm 4 NIV
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
1Answer me when I call to YOU,
my Righteous GOD.
Give me relief from my distress;
Have Mercy on me and Hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people turn MY Glory into shame?
3Know that The LORD Has Set Apart HIS faithful servant for HIMSELF;
The LORD Hears when I call To HIM.
4Tremble and do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
5Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
and trust In The LORD.
6Many, LORD, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
Let the Light of YOUR Face Shine on us.
7Fill my heart with joy
8In peace I will lie down and sleep,
For YOU Alone, LORD,
David was, 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 Proverbs. 8:4, 5), to receive instruction of JEHOVAH.
The title does not tell us, as that of the former Psalm 3 did, that it was penned on any particular occasion. Many of them were designed in general for the instruction of the people of GOD who attended in the courts of HIS House, the assisting of their devotions, and the directing of their conversations.
I. David begins with a short prayer (v. 1) and that prayer preaches.
II. He directs his speech to the children of men, and,
1. In GOD'S Name reproves them for the dishonor they do To GOD and the damage they do to their own souls (v. 2).
2. He sets before them the happiness of godly people for their encouragement to be religious (v. 3).
3. He calls upon them to consider their ways (v. 4).
III. He exhorts them to serve GOD and trust in HIM (v. 5).
IV. He gives an account of his own experiences of the Grace of GOD working in him,
1. Enabling him to choose GOD'S Favor for his felicity (v. 6).
2. Filling his heart with joy therein (v. 7).
3. Quieting his spirit in the assurance of the Divine Protection he was under, night and day (v. 8).