Psalm 4

Today is a writing block day. I’ve got about 6 things started, but none of them good, and nothing worth posting here. Day’s like these, I like to punt.

So here’s Psalm 4. I share this because as I finished my run this morning, this song came on up on my playlist. (Yeah – I’ve created a playlist of entirely musical arrangements of the Psalms – it’s a great way to keep my mind on things above while running.) I sat down to listen. Then I stopped it, opened to Psalm 4 on my iPhone, and read through the Psalm as I listened to it again.

I’m not offering a commentary on the Psalm, just recommending that you take a moment to stop, read, and even listen to the Psalm. It’s beautiful, assuring, uplifting, and powerful.

Psalm 4:1–8 (ESV)

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah 
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.

Be angry, and do not sin;
ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah 
Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”
You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Here’s a video of the arrangement of the Psalm by a group called The Corner Room.

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