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Chapter 4


1 2 For the leader; with stringed instruments. A psalm of David.


Answer when I call, my saving God. In my troubles, you cleared a way; show me favor; hear my prayer.


How long will you people mock my honor, love what is worthless, chase after lies? Selah


Know that the LORD works wonders for the faithful; the LORD hears when I call out.


3 Tremble and do not sin; upon your beds ponder in silence.


Offer fitting sacrifice and trust in the LORD.


Many say, "May we see better times! LORD, show us the light of your face!" Selah


But you have given my heart more joy than they have when grain and wine abound.


In peace I shall both lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me secure.


1 [Psalm 4] An individual lament emphasizing trust in God. The petition is based upon the psalmist's vivid experience of God as savior ( Psalm 4:2). That experience of God is the basis for the warning to the wicked: revere God who intervenes on the side of the faithful ( Psalm 4:3-6). The faithful psalmist exemplifies the blessings given to the just ( Psalm 4:7-8).

2 [1] For the leader: many psalm headings contain this rubric. Its exact meaning is unknown but may signify that such psalms once stood together in a collection of "the choirmaster." Cf 1 Chron 15:21.

3 [5] Tremble: be moved deeply with religious awe. The Greek translation understood the emotion to be anger, and it is so cited in Eph 4:26.

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