psalms 4 commentary

And yet, look at Palm 4:6. 5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous. 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. I taught a few semesters of Greek online to some students at Foundation Baptist College up yonder. “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. But these guys are making it seem like David isn’t righteous. (1-5) God's favour is happiness. How long will you people turn my glory into shame? 4. That happens during a harvest time. Keep serving and trusting in the Lord. Isn’t that interesting? The paths are steep. I think Psalm 4:7 then is David’s statement of confidence in the Lord. Pray that God will do something for poor people that you know. Look at Palm 4:1. Or are you going to go along with the crowd and seek expedients to provide the increase you think you need? 3 But know that # (2 Tim. that so many should make so fearful a choice. What should be the response to the questions posed in Psalm 4:2? They won’t help you. Because they’re just now recognizing that they’ve offended the only true and living God. And let me tell you, idolaters are really happy when their crops come in. 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 … 6 Man's happiness is in God's favour. Let me read that for you. Why tell them to meditate on their beds? Thanks for the clarification. “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. Israel needed the Lord. You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. 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. And so they’re chasing after idols who can’t do a thing for them. How long will you guys make my honor a reproach? Is that your conviction? How does that fit in with the rest of the psalm if it’s all about David being slandered? Idols won’t do it. That word translated “godly man” is related to CHESED – loyal covenant love. He who will not ask such blessings as pardon, and justifying righteousness, and eternal life, must perish for the want of them. Psalm 4#In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.For the director of music. More than in the season that their grain and wine increased. But some people are lying about him and making it sound like he isn’t. So, let’s try to discover the real underlying situation of Psalm 4. Psalm 4:4. “The commentary convincingly shows, that numerous psalms in book 4 and 5 refer to wisdom traditions and thus allude to Woman Wisdom as a counselor, offering wise words or instructions. They’re not being heard by the Lord. “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 in that book he endorses this kind of way to look at Psalm 4. But I don’t think this is the best explanation for why Psalm 4 was written. 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. 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. Yahweh ain’t giving it. These words don’t sound very joyful. The Lord has set apart the godly man for himself. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. Nothing else after Palm 4:4 makes much sense if the psalm’s context is David’s being slandered by enemies. It’s as if the idolaters are trying to justify their faithless acts. 4:4-5 D. Closing prayer to God, Ps. What’s the solution? And ultimately, they ought not be sacrificing to false gods – to demons. How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Some translations say “relieved” or something else that’s fairly abstract and doesn’t give you a very good picture of what’s going on. In Psalm 3 we had the context given to us right in the superscription. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. User Commentary: Hebrew OT - Transliteration - Holy Name KJV Tehillim / Psalms 4. When religious observance is coupled with true trust in God, we draw near to God and experience the benefits of drawing near. I am a pastor. B. David talks to himself. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. 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. But it’s obviously all nonsense what these guys are saying. And this is actually the way I was leaning at the beginning when I first started studying the psalm. When those things pass – or in this case – they never come – then the gladness leaves, too. But David commands these men – if they find themselves in bed, they better not be hatching evil schemes. He felt himself to be squeezed in some way. You can also change some of your preferences. OK, then God is the one who can attest to David’s righteousness. They’ve been completely wrong about how to approach attaining material provisions. It was God himself. Look at the mention of “corn and wine” abounding. We can imagine a man lying down to sleep, tormented by all of what his enemies or pretend friends say about him. 4:6-8 WORD AND PHRASE STUDY. For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my glory to shame? This is the position held by Gerald Wilson’s book on the Psalms which is a part of the NIV Application Commentary series. Who really thinks it’s a good use of one’s time to pursue “leasing” or deception? Your email address will not be published. And yet the Lord is going to enlarge him. In fact, it’ll probably be pretty disappointing – especially to the farmers who depend on the crop to come in. Praise the Lord. But this verb translated as “enlarged” here means to make wide or to extend or to provide wide room for something. We started last time studying a sub-set of psalms known as lament or complaint psalms. The food finally comes! Who will show us any good? He who will not ask such blessings as pardon, and justifying righteousness, and eternal life, must perish for the want of them. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. They needed the Lord to bless – and the Lord to keep – and the Lord to shine – and the Lord to be gracious – and the Lord to lift up – and the Lord to give peace – and the Lord to bless. This is a glorious conception of sleep. Right? This is his petition to the Lord. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. So, again, the focus is on increase – in this section, about how not to go about looking for increase. They better talk things over with themselves and reconsider their choices. Ones that are done right – with clean hands and a pure heart. Say it every evening at bed time. A drought, probably around the time of harvest. Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. It’s what they work for. But then you start into Palm 4:4 and really in my mind this interpretation just falls apart. b. Meditate within your heart: David spoke of the Biblical practice of meditation, not the Eastern practice of meditation. 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. Let’s find them. How should these idolaters react to this news that what they’re doing is completely useless? You pray to him and he answers you and you’re going to get your rain. 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. The godly – the righteous – have experienced God’s kind loyal love and they turn around and express it to others. Because they won’t embrace God’s loyal covenant love. That wasn’t just their job, either. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. 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. 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. A Psalm of David. Let’s think a little more about the imagery in this verse. They’re reproaching him. Or if maybe we’ve had an unusually dry summer, the harvest in the fall isn’t going to be real satisfying. Selah Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, If that rain doesn’t come and he doesn’t eat, he will die. People are troubled about many things, but God ‘puts gladness in our hearts.’. 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. Remember – the topic is what the psalm is about. They have a way for us Israelites to have success with our crops while also enjoying our sin. Address to opponents, Ps. 2 He reproveth and exhorteth his enemies. It doesn’t come from idols. This is Psalm 4, and the song is basically an overview of the whole psalm… He therefore had a gladness that the world could not take away, even with all their slander and lies. Now we’ll move one psalm further onto Psalm 4. “There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? 1. But on … Were you looking into this issue for personal devotions or to teach? And God heard him. Answer me when I call to you,my righteous God.Give me relief from my distress;h They’re seeking after leasing or deception or falsehood – false gods to help them attain the increase they’re looking for – to help them get some rain so that their grain and new wine can abound, as we hear about later in the psalm. II. Who was David’s glory in Psalm 3? 2. Let’s see if Baal will do it for us. And not a moment too soon. So, this interpretation of the underlying situation is plausible so far. 2, 3. Don’t sin. 1 David prayeth for audience. Don’t seek Baal to give your rain so that your crops can increase. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. So, that’s the first possibility for the underlying situation in this psalm – that David’s being slandered. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. Not with hands that shed innocent blood. 3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. And give you peace. The theme is then what the poet says about his topic. 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. 6-8. 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.”, “There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Sacrifice without trust was an affront to the Lord. I kept running into this same explanation, but it always left me feeling that the prayer was a patchwork of differing ideas. Selah. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. That’s what these idolaters needed. Who wouldn’t be excited? Not in temporal things in and of themselves. At the heart of Psalm 89 is the question of faithfulness.1 More particularly, the question centers on the faithfulness of God. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. And the Lord did this for David in the most impossible circumstances. Idols have no power. David derived more joy from the Lord himself than when idolaters got their crops in. It’s brief – probably one or two words usually. 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. And so David gives these faithless ones some counsel. Contrast what the enemies are saying of David to the reality presented in Palm 4:3. David leads them to know how to remedy this situation. Let the Lord cause you to dwell securely. David could be that man, but instead he trusted in the LORD. But that’s how David starts off this psalm – with a reference to increase. Material provisions, something like that. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. Their lives are void of such love in their own hearts. The Lord has a special place in his heart for the man who is godly. LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. 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. This trembling can indicate that the one who’s trembling is angry in some contexts. Look at Palm 4:2. It was their life. And this was one of the main attractions that ancient Canaanite fertility gods held out for disobedient and faithless Israelites. So, again, the topic under discussion is “increase”. Learn Psalm 4: 8 by heart. Its context is a drought that’s tempting Israelites to turn to idols. Keep up holy reverence of the glory and majesty of God. BRIEF OUTLINE. As a royal psalm, the psalm celebrates and explores the relationship between God and David, his anointed one, and those that follow in his stead. They’re shaming the Lord – Psalm 4:2. Your email address will not be published. You have a great deal to say to your hearts, they may … Well, what is his prayer? And then lastly in Psalm 4:8, David praises the Lord for the security he knows. And that’s what most of ancient Israel was – farmers. An apostrophe to his enemies, which is, 1. So, anyway, here’s what David reminds these idolaters of. Be angry, and do not sin: With the ungodliness around him, David had reason to be angry, but he had no reason to sin. David was such a person. There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” You can check these in your browser security settings. We need rain. i. David seemed to claim it upon the Aaronic promise of blessing in Numbers 6:24-26: The LORD bless you and keep you; So somehow these guys are shaming David’s God. The children of men proved, and the happiness of godly people. 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. The Lord has set apart the godly man, no matter what these enemies are saying. Next in Psalm 4:6 David goes about seeking increase the right way. “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”. The focus on David in Psalm 89 no doubt … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26" A petition for himself and God's people, ver.

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