Today you should read: Psalm 4
I love the book of Psalms. This book brings real life and theology into a beautiful marriage. Psalm 4 is a wonderful psalm of God’s salvation and His provision. We see His salvation in a few different ways. First, we see it in the past. In verse 1 David recollects God’s past faithfulness to save Him from his enemies. Next, we see God’s present salvation. In verse 3 David speaks out to his enemies and tells them that God has “set apart the godly.” God has saved and continues to protect those He loves. Finally, we see
God’s future salvation.
In verse 8, David speaks about the idea of sleeping in peace because of the assurance that God will continue to keep him protected. We can see this as well in our lives as believers. Jesus has saved us from our sins. They are cleansed and we are forgiven, a past salvation. Praise God that isn’t the end. Hebrews 7:25 and Romans 8:34 tell us of Jesus’ intercession. Jesus is always standing before God the Father claiming us as His own, telling God and all His angels that we belong to Him and that our sins have been
paid for. What amazing grace and awesome love! Of course, we know that one day in the future Jesus will come again and, on that day, “ He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,” These truths should draw us to a worship with awe and joy that is indescribable.
The second thing we see here is God’s provision. David writes of two types of provision in this Psalm. The first one is God providing him with justice. In verse 4 he writes to “be angry and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.” David is angry at his enemies and, as many of us would, probably wants justice. In our anger we cannot accomplish God’s righteousness. (James 1:20) God tells us that He is the one who grants justice. David realizes this and says in verse 5, “put your trust in the Lord.” Is there someone in your life that you wish you could see get justice? Remember who the judge is… it’s not you or me.
David also writes of God’s provision of joy. In the midst of tribulations and troubles, David writes verse 7. He tells us that God has given him more joy than anyone that has any worldly possessions. How often do we take for granted God’s joy and yet long for the things of this world? Take joy in that fact that you have Jesus and all His riches and blessings. David sure did.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd