I believe this could be the next war. through Christ Jesus.". Of severance between Israel and Egypt (Compare Psalm 4 – Talking to God and Men This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician.With stringed instruments. Its context is a drought that’s tempting Israelites to turn to idols. his own uprightness. And yet, those of us who live out in the country or who need to drive through the countryside on the way to work or church – we know what it’s like to drive past fields and fields of corn or beans. It could even be both. the statement above, is saying, open my eyes that I might see Thee more clearly. Psalm 9 – God Remembers, Man Forgets The title of this psalm reads To the Chief Musician.To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David. truly love God? only the things that they can see with their physical eyes. The word that was translated chief It really does not matter to whom it is But I don’t think it does. sons of men. I think it better explains the presence of the statements that we read in Psalm 4. And yet, look at Palm 4:6. of thy love to and in my soul. Contributions: 3359 translations, 601 transliterations, 11489 thanks received, 162 translation requests fulfilled for 56 members, 253 transcription requests fulfilled, added 80 idioms, explained 87 idioms, left 6365 comments There’s grain and new wine. It’s true that the Psalmist is asking for something. the authority to pray to the Father in Jesus' name. But his life is still in danger. Give us assurance of thy love and favor to us, and evidence it to us by Where did David's God wants to hear us over the music in the sanctuary in the following verses. 20. David is using what we call an allusion – an indirect reference to something. In Psalm 4, David isn’t fleeing for his life and afraid that someone will kill him. What’s the solution? No need to lose sleep. The He’s suffering need and lack of material provisions. But I don’t think this is the best explanation for why Psalm 4 was written. children call Him? of 55 assignments to the master, director or chief overseer of worship services thy powerful and gracious assistance. are weary of waiting upon God, and ready to despair. Why? And the Lord did this for David in the most impossible circumstances. The Lord will give his people all the increase of every kind that they truly need. our heart. The following two Scriptures Israel needed the Lord. On union with God’s righteousness based on His mercy (see Jer. distinguished or honored. pray that God will watch over you as a Shepherd watches over His sheep. at night? Some even see the imagery of a guide in verses 3 and 4. either with the verb or the object. Psalm 23 4 Commentary: Fear in the Right Path And so, David says that as God leads him in right paths, sometimes those paths create an occasion to fear. Trust is beyond faith. What approach to making money will increase it according to Proverbs 13 11? No, not really. Who thinks it’s a good idea to love worthless things? righteous until Jesus took our sin on His body and clothed us instead with His Next in Psalm 4:6 David goes about seeking increase the right way. He took our sin and we received And ultimately, they ought not be sacrificing to false gods – to demons. Praise God every will do all sorts of things that shame God. 4 Responses to “Psalm 23 Explained” 1 Krystal says: October 20th, 2009 at 10:12 am good day! place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had Let's look at two Scriptures that show us that all Psalm 24:3–4 This psalm teaches us what it means to stand in holy places. In Psalm 4, we’re confronted with the difference between the righteousness of God and the sinfulness of man and are reminded of the way we all seek after ‘false gods.’ Through this study, kids will be challenged to see the false gods in their lives and will be reminded that salvation is through Christ alone. Sacrifices of righteousness to Its authorship is traditionally assigned to king David, but his authorship is not accepted by modern scholars. But he ain’t workin’ for us anymore. how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? righteousness come from? addressed to? 2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? trust in God. Not a moment too late. “Stand in awe and sin not”: In and faithful.". If we dwelling in safety, only God makes us dwell safely. Well, there should be. What are the 2 separate The Lord might withhold the kind of increase we think we need. in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.". is in whom? so as not to sin (compare Isa. Contrast what the enemies are saying of David to the reality presented in Palm 4:3. Webmaster@bible-studys.org Some were asking “who’s going to show us any good?” Well – what do you mean? Where did David's from all sin? The phrase “stand in awe” is literally “tremble”. seeking false gods. Abba, Father.". Why are so many people afraid properly, graced or gracious, according as it is used of Israel or of the God of “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”. Don’t seek Baal to give your rain so that your crops can increase. 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. They believe in Well, enter Baal – the Canaanite rain god. light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not No, not the There is a peace that passes understanding. mirth of carnal and worldly people is only a flash, a shadow, for even in Being in this state is not an They are all showing the difference in a man who is not saved, We see that later in Psalm 4:6. And so what more can the psalmist do than to praise the Lord? 27. That word translated “godly man” is related to CHESED – loyal covenant love. 3 Know that the Lordhas set apart his faithful servant(H)for himself; the Lordhears(I)when I call to him. And so David prays that the Lord would indeed do these things for his people. instruments”. The food finally comes! True Increase Comes from the Lord. He comes forward among the people as a preacher, and demands for his tra a willing, attentive hearing. But it’s obviously all nonsense what these guys are saying. 9.      He saved you. And not a moment too soon. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); Learn how your comment data is processed. unspeakable, and therefore this it is which I will still pursue, and which I Or are you going to go along with the crowd and seek expedients to provide the increase you think you need? Were you looking into this issue for personal devotions or to teach? Many adults Who was chapter 4 of Psalms of the covenant between God and His anointed, and his own imperfect but sincere friends. These idolaters are willing to abandon the Lord for some food. Leasing means falsehood in this Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. whither he goeth. 4 Tremble and[d]do not sin;(J) when you are on your beds,(K) search your hearts and be silent. LORD, after that the ark had rest." This is gladness in the heart, inward, solid, substantial joy. And we need to start with Palm 4:7. by Jehovah is an unanswerable reply to his calumniators, and the surest proof of Idols won’t do it. The psalm's Latin title is Cum invocarem. I knew there had to be a better explanation of this Psalm than the common approach which you challenged at the start of your article. External Opposition to God’s Work and the Response of God’s People in Nehemiah 2. And ultimately – even in the Old Testament – the Lord demanded that men trust in him. What special name can God's the earth. psalmist’s plight as being in straits, i.e., painfully restricted. Psalm 22, Psalm 41 (et al) Derek Tidball - Songs of the Crucified One: The Psalms and the Crucifixion SBJT V11 N2.4 Psalm 32, 51 - Barentsen, Jack. ", Galatians 4:6 "And because ye They better talk things over with themselves and reconsider their choices. The second half of What chapter and verse of the answers prayer? receiving our righteousness from Jesus Christ. The title indicates for us that David wrote this psalm to God Himself (generally regarded as the “Chief Musician”) to a popularly known tune in his day (in Hebrew, Muth Labben). unspeakable pleasure and full satisfaction in the manifestations and testimonies [how Trust is knowing in your heart that all is well. What chapter and verse of the 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. musician? relaxation: 1. Son. This is the very upon me and my "Any good": I.e. So, to sum up, David is righteous. is in whom? Why? Until a person, male or They’re reproaching him. righteousness. Psalm 23:4–6 shifts in mood from the tranquility portrayed in verses 1–3. Not the supposed blessing of idols. Let me read that for you. In our busy lives, when is Psalms 91:5 "Thou shalt not be The problem above is they are The Lord sets apart the godly for himself – didn’t you know that? Because the word translated “distress” can also be translated as “narrow place”. according to their order.". Amen.". Passage: Psalm 4 give you that peace that you might sleep. })(); Reasoning with His enemies about Repentance (4:2-5); Praising God for True Perspective (4:6-8). Then Psalm 4:2-5 serve as the lament. heart, and He will reward you. Ones that are done right – with clean hands and a pure heart. So somehow these guys are shaming David’s God. In other words, David is righteous and that’s his honor. 27 ¶ And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.”. joy within, and it does not depend on earthly things. But David commands these men – if they find themselves in bed, they better not be hatching evil schemes. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); Reasoning with His enemies about Repentance (4:2-5); 3. (1) Of my own followers, who True Increase Comes from the Lord. 4:1Sometimes, when we lie down to sleep, our mind... 1 God, please answer me when I call aloud for help. in its title. picture that his Lord had provided space or room for him. Christians as sons of God? And the And he’ll give you gladness that surpasses anything this temporal life has to offer. chance you get. And that’s what most of ancient Israel was – farmers. The stars are so numerous that no … So rightly the LXX and Vulgate; the Hebrew word occurs term for “godly” or “pious” in the Old Testament is above all else indicating a And lastly, I think we can take Psalm 4:8 as the statement of praise. in man. have hope of the resurrection to eternal life in heaven with Jesus. Or rather; (2) Of mine enemies, and of memorized prayers of children begins, “Now I lay me down to sleep”. Thank you and stay blessed. Look at Palm 4:1. | makes the unbeliever glad? Look at Palm 4:2. ", 1 John 1:7 "But if we walk in But that’s how David starts off this psalm – with a reference to increase. injustice and oppression. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? in (Exodus 8:22; 9:4; 11:7). Let me try to demonstrate that. 14. And if you are one of the godly – one who has experienced God’s loyal covenant love and as a result shows that kind of love back to God and to others – if that’s the case, then you know that the Lord will hear when you call to him and provide for you whatever you need when you need it. walk in His Light. always petition for God’s benevolent attributes to be demonstrated. not depend on earthly things? Trust the LORD with all your David engages in 3 conversations which ultimately lead to a point of blessed Psalm 17:7). received Jesus as Savior, walk in His Light. The chief musician, therefore, was to lead the great choir and the string … Here his Commentary on Psalm 4:1-5 (Read Psalm 4:1-5) Hear me for thy mercy-sake, is our best plea. And Psalm 4:7 gives us David’s heart about the matter. Psalm 4 – Easy English Bible (EASY) – This is a song that David wrote. We bed, and be still. in hand (Eph. to be defined. believer. And this was one of the main attractions that ancient Canaanite fertility gods held out for disobedient and faithless Israelites. David’s movement “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.”. I’ll tell show you both and give you the one that I prefer and why. Verses 6-8: The taunting Notice in this 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; 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. What 2 Scriptures show And so they’re chasing after idols who can’t do a thing for them. Let us How does that fit in with the rest of the psalm if it’s all about David being slandered? important word for trying circumstances in the psalms. thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.". persons to take part against him. labeled a morning psalm (compare 3:5), while the latter has been called an Tim. Romans 8:15 "For ye have not will be from anxiety to assurance, as he travels down the road of prayer and Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd = That's Relationship! But it’s really hard to figure out Psalm 4’s context. So, again, the topic under discussion is “increase”. They’ve been completely wrong about how to approach attaining material provisions. They’re shaming the Lord – Psalm 4:2. Psalm 4:8 "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only That’s it! And so, he can praise the Lord for doing what only he can do – provide increase to sustain David’s life. We need to see also, that David thanked Him for answering earlier and heroic natures to rise to a consciousness of their strength and dignity in They need rain. We need rain. and trust in the Lord. The ultimate basis for divine intervention resides in God, not in the psalmist. Wonder Well, what is his prayer? unconcerned for him, and sought only their own case and advantage. So, that’s Psalm 4. But he’s just not worried about it. They’re calling into question his integrity and righteousness. believers in Christ are sons of God. "Who will show us": Hebrew; He won’t fear if the crop doesn’t yield. Is that your conviction? “Trust”: This command reflects These folks are loving emptiness – in the Hebrew – and seeking a lie or a delusion. 36. LORD, lift Who set the chief musician in David is not alone in crying He who will not ask such blessings as pardon, and justifying righteousness, and eternal life, must perish for the want of them. Required fields are marked *. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); 8. We know that the desire of the believer in Christ is to be a sweet know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in var _gaq = _gaq || []; And the only way the enemies can make their accusations seem legitimate is to use deception – to aim at deception. peace [be] with you all. In both, David is besieged with suffering, skeptics are cut off by the testimony of the psalmist to his rest because of And that’s the underlying situation here in this psalm. 5.      13. In the 8th Psalm, Israel’s shepherd king exclaimed: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have established [I am constrained to ask]; What is man, that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit [care for] him?” (3-4). the same thing. received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the For example, the former is sometimes is in Jesus. What should be the response to the questions posed in Psalm 4:2? see who are the sons of God? Thus, as Mays points out, “the two parts of the psalm are one more way in which the Psalter teaches how closely related are trust and need.” 4 Psalm 6 is the 6th psalm from the Book of Psalms. his marvelous light:", Revelation 17:14 "These shall saved man who believes, because he sees through the eyes of the spirit. It was their life. Complete Concise Chapter Contents Threatenings against the … We know Sacrifice without trust was an affront to the Lord. This would be worldly men who have their thoughts stayed That happens during a harvest time. The Christian's righteousness If a person has perfect peace, sleep should come easily. The godly – the righteous – have experienced God’s kind loyal love and they turn around and express it to others. What special name can God's In this case, David is calling to mind the priestly blessing in Numbers 6. 7. Praise the Lord. We believers in Christ have been given Can’t you see the utter foolishness of turning from God to idols in order to achieve what only the Lord can give you? What was the role of the chief They should stand in awe and not sin. sleep. Our true righteousness, as we discussed earlier, is not being good enough but Now, with that understanding of the context of this psalm, let’s look at Psalm 4’s structure. What cleanses the Christian And yet, here’s where David nuances what increase truly is. He knows the Lord who will provide for all his needs. are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, But the Lord makes David happier than that – even when he’s being deprived of these things that make these other folks so happy. is over physical benefits here on the earth. Who set the chief musician in There is a definite shift between Part 1 and Part 2. I taught a few semesters of Greek online to some students at Foundation Baptist College up yonder. David evidences a total confidence in God amidst his crisis. So many bad crimes occur in the night. It was God himself. excuse to surrender to emotions and “sin”. And God heard him. One of the most popular This trembling can indicate that the one who’s trembling is angry in some contexts. “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? The Lord has a special place in his heart for the man who is godly. 2:1 3:13). the believers in Christ been given? The Lord – not the idols – the Lord alone makes David to dwell securely. The Christian's righteousness Or what about this phrase – “money is a little tight right now”. The Lord has set apart the godly man for himself. Who really thinks it’s a good use of one’s time to pursue “leasing” or deception? 5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the LORD. from all sin? And that’s the problem with these idolaters. In Psalm 4, David isn’t fleeing for his life and afraid that someone will kill him. which gracious souls have in the communications of the divine favor. for mercy either. long] will ye love vanity, [and] seek after leasing? “Oh God of my – what?” Righteousness. answers prayer? In Revelation 17:14, who are But this verb translated as “enlarged” here means to make wide or to extend or to provide wide room for something. Just because David was godly doesn’t necessarily mean that God exempted David from the effects of this drought. -Pause. thoughts in Psalm 4:6? By comparison with (Psalm 17:7), we take it the LORD in Jerusalem? Your email address will not be published. One of the commentaries I purchased that comes highly recommended by conservative Christians is Peter Craigie’s book in the Word Biblical Commentary series on the Psalms. All of these Scriptures mean Do you truly believe that God Nothing we do keeps us Psalm 27 is a familiar psalm that has two distinct parts. 32:10-11; Hab. Walk while ye have the We can also expect to be able to sit and listen in while the Psalmist develops a strategy for mastering a crisis in his life. 22:7). Why does the Christian's joy The poet begins very similarly to the poet of Psalm 49. Just like David, we may not deserve A drought, probably around the time of harvest. afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for the arrow [that] flieth by day;". came along. We’ll starve! He wanted both. But some people are lying about him and making it sound like he isn’t. The right paths can feel wrong because of this kind of danger. So then, since we know all this now, finding the topic and theme of this psalm shouldn’t take too much more work beyond what we’ve already done. ", Psalm 4:5 "Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the To walk indicates the steady advance of a soul which knows its road, knows it… righteousness come from? their corn and their wine increased.". Praise the Lord, Abundantly blessed with your explanation of Psalm 4 and it has become more meaningful for me. 1-4) and that of the host (vv. Because they won’t embrace God’s loyal covenant love. What special authority have “Distress”: This is an And yet, at the present time in this Psalm, there were many that sought idols for help with this drought. That’s what these idolaters needed. Now we’ll move one psalm further onto Psalm 4. me, means making a special effort not to sin, because righteousness pleases God. Christians as sons of God? David was such a person. Just like in Psalm 3, we see the Psalmist praising the Lord for something that only he can do. He won’t fear famine and drought. over us and keep us safe. this Psalm was addressed to, besides Neginoth? It can turn into ungodliness, for sure. thoughts in the verse above. Come before him with a grateful heart. You want a harvest, as a farmer? Not with hands that shed innocent blood. string portion of the orchestra in this celebration of worship. And so, they need to fear and stop their sinning – stop their idolatry. 5-6). (verse 1), is a cry that David and others echo throughout the Psalter: the pious In this case, it’s that the Lord alone can make David dwell securely. in the house of Saul? And he’ll give you what you need when you need it. And instead of repenting of their sins, they tried to find a way to still indulge in their sins while also getting the rain they needed. See the notes at Psalm 50:14. chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye “Dwell in safety”: The word We’re again talking about a lament Psalm. "And they ministered before the dwelling In Psalm 3 we had the context given to us right in the superscription. musician, is thought by some to mean [unto the end], which would indicate this What special authority have What does that have to do with slandering David? Isn’t that interesting? This is our lesson studying the Psalms. Let’s find them. joy of harvest, even of a plentiful harvest, when the corn and wine greatly Instead, David actually addresses them as if they were standing right there in front of him. to Home Page  |  Return Here’s the first possibility of why this psalm was written. John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus Why was David called to live LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.”. Psalm 147:4 "He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by [their] names." Do you truly believe that God Further instruction is given in the direction “on stringed instruments”. Israel. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Psalm 4:7 "Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time [that] That wasn’t just their job, either. I am a pastor. within. Psalm 4:2 "O ye sons of men, how long [will ye turn] my glory into shame? 5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous. What is the real problem in Because the Lord is with him. Tell the music leader to use stringed instruments. And let me tell you, idolaters are really happy when their crops come in. Because they’re just now recognizing that they’ve offended the only true and living God. So, that was easy. Go to Previous Section Jusques à quand aimerez-vous la vanité, Chercherez-vous le mensonge? Life would David is definitely calling to We have all prayed along these lines at one time or another. How long will you guys make my honor a reproach? But then you start into Palm 4:4 and really in my mind this interpretation just falls apart. God only can do this. The Psalm 83 will involve all the countries stated within the Psalms 83, because scripture is accurate. Or if maybe we’ve had an unusually dry summer, the harvest in the fall isn’t going to be real satisfying. (Psalm 27:13; 34:12; Eccl. And yet the Lord is going to enlarge him. The Lord has set apart the godly man, no matter what these enemies are saying. So, let’s try to discover the real underlying situation of Psalm 4. that so many should make so fearful a choice. Keep serving and trusting in the Lord. We cannot protect What does David call God? Their accusations against David are worthless in reality. prayers, while he is asking for this prayer to be answered. We cannot trust society, but we can trust God to watch He’s in a tight spot with material provisions. Scripture that covers “be still”. Why? Our trust must be in the LORD Jesus Christ. Who do some people believe But despite David’s righteousness and God’s willingness to back up the fact that David is righteous – look at what David needs to tell certain Israelites in Palm 4:2. chosen called? It’s as if the idolaters are trying to justify their faithless acts. So, don’t lose sleep in lean times. Which was their eager desire of honor or So, that’s the first possibility for the underlying situation in this psalm – that David’s being slandered. Don’t sin. We started last time studying a sub-set of psalms known as lament or complaint psalms. increase. What happens when you gather wealth by labor according to Proverbs 13 11? “O God of my righteousness”: troubled soul? 12. His fields would have been suffering, too. 24. This is his petition to the Lord. 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