Psalm 4 (NIV84)
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
1Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
2How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Selah
3Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him.
4In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Selah
5Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.
6Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.
7You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.
8I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
So last night my husband an oldest son were involved in a head on collision. They are sore but okay. Psalm 4, a night time prayer is a perfect fit for my circumstances. As I read, I couldn’t help but zero on David’s request for the Lord to hear and answer him. Last night, without a doubt, I know God heard me in my distress. As I arrived at the accident scene I immediately saw a car upside down through the flashing lights. Knowing my family was somewhere behind the flares and firetrucks, I raced toward the cars praying, screaming, freaking… yelling for God. So many emotions overwhelmed me from fear to anger…peace and joy were not on that list… at first… David says to offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord. The sacrifice I had to offer last night was simple praise. I praised him that my family was talking, walking… I thanked him that he protected them… I thanked him that friends were at the scene, at the hospital, and praying for us at home. God’s face shown upon us last night as he showed us his goodness in the midst of hardship. Tonight we lay down and will sleep in peace because of him. I love how God’s Word meets us where we are.