Psalm 4 Commentary

Psalm 4 Commentary

Prayer is supposed to be a personal and private communication line to heaven. The LORD God is on the other side of the communication line. But this psalm gives us an impression of a conference call. There are others listening to this prayer. It is to these others that David addresses the following question, “How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?”

There are no illusions with David. His God answers him when he prays. The LORD has actually set him apart. There is a special ‘otherness’ about David.

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” The ‘many’ may refer to the others listening in to this prayer who are not exactly like David. They love delusions and are wondering which of the many gods can bring prosperity to Israel. David looks forward to a time when his prayer for prosperity is answered. His heart will be filled with joy when the question of who brings them prosperity is fully answered by the LORD.

This prayer is interesting. David is actually alone. There are no bystanders. Yet he knows the ‘others’ are very much present in his mind. The ‘others’ are presenting opinions, ideas, and thoughts that the saint has when he enters the prayer closet. One very important lesson here is that a good prayer should also address these other voices.

Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. Verse 3. Let the saint make it clear to the voice of doubt that they belong to God. They have been set apart. And the LORD answers them when they pray. Let not there be illusions about the false gods. This may refer to possible ungodly options for prosperity. The thought here could be that these ungodly options are not available to the sanctified.

Loving delusions may refer to the world’s love for fake happiness – the make-good and the feel-good world of unbelievers.

David prays for relief from his distress. But before the prayer ends, the ‘me’ becomes the ‘us’. He is referring to the community of believers. They must offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the LORD. It is a call to personal confidence in the one and only true God. He alone can bring true prosperity.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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