by Dale Murphy
I often find myself humming the tune “God Will Take Care of You”. It brings joy to my heart, as I am sure it does yours as well, to know that no matter what comes our way, if we are willing to trust God and turn our problems over to him, he will do exactly as he has promised, He Will Take Care of Us.
There are many wonderful passages in the bible about putting your trust in God and turning our problems over to God through prayer, thus allowing divine intervention to supersede our carnal thoughts and actions and getting out of God’s way so he can do what he does best and that is to Take Care of Us In Ways That Far Exceed Our Expectations.
In the fourth Psalm, King David’s evening prayer is a wonderful example of prayer and trust.
Psalm 4:1 Hear me when I call O God of my righteousness: thou has enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
Let’s examine verse one in a little greater detail, King David, immediately asks his most righteous God to hear his prayer, Hear me when I call, then King David acknowledges God’s help from past prayer, thou has enlarged me when I was in distress; next he asks God to have mercy on him, have mercy on me, and finally for the second time he asks God to hear his prayer, hear my prayer.
Psalm 4:2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? How long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah,
King David is praying for his fellow men asking that they turn from their vain ways and give up their practicing of idolatry.
4:3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.
Being a man of God, King David knows that the Lord will hear him when he calls.
4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still. Selah
Honor God and sin not; lie quietly on your bed in silent meditation with God
4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.
Put your trust in the Lord and offer your righteousness to him. Be a man after God’s own heart.
4:6 There be many that say, Who will show us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
King David is asking God to allow his light to shine upon him and his people for all to see.
4:7 Thou has put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
King David is acknowledging that the spiritual gladness that God has placed in his heart far exceeds the joy that is felt during a bountiful harvest
4:8 I will both lay me down in peace and sleep, for thou, Lord, only makes me dwell in safety.
Having gone to God in prayer and placing his full trust in God, King David is now able to enjoy a peaceful period of rest and sleep, knowing that he has given his problems to God and that he will dwell in safety.
In conclusion, it is so wonderful to know that the example King David has left for us to study in the fourth Psalm, gives us the knowledge that if we are willing to place our full trust in God and go to him in prayer asking for his intercession in our daily lives, being willing to allow him to intercede on our behalf, we can dwell in safety.
Rest in Peace, Brethren,
Have a Wonderful Sabbath,