Safety and Guidance (Psalm 4:1 – 5:12)

David begins Psalm 4 by thanking God for His help and faithfulness, then asking men why they seek David’s demise and falsehoods.  He then reminds his enemies that God is a friend and help to the godly, and hears their prayers.  He shares the oft-quoted thought:

4 Be angry, and do not sin.

Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.

David encourages his readers to be righteous and trust in the Lord, and have hope.  God has put gladness in David’s heart, given him peace, and made him dwell in safety.

In Psalm 5, David cries unto God, applauding Him for not rewarding or having fellowship with evil.  He also pledges to fear the Lord in worship and follow His leadership.  He finally asks God, as David often did, to find the evil guilty and to punish them, even destroying them, and then asks God for blessings upon the righteous, even protecting them as a shield.

David’s understanding of the power of God to protect and guide His people is deep.  He believes, in spite of the enemies gathered against him, that He is safe because of the Lord’s protection.  He believes that God will guide him through the maze of opposition and trouble that come against him.  David was considered a man after God’s own heart, trusting God and obeying Him.  Therefore, it stands to reason that David’s trust in God for protection and guidance are well-founded and true.  Trust in the Lord for these things and you will not be disappointed!

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