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The God Who Hears Answers

by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Psalm 4 is a cry for relief in the midst of distress. We must learn where to turn and how to respond in calamity. While some would embrace delusions and seek other gods, David's example is markedly different.

First, David seeks God. He asks to be heard. His rebuke of those who would seek other sources of comfort is an expression of his faith and faithfulness (vv. 1-2).
He is confident of God's favor upon the godly and that God hears (v. 3).

Second, David is silent before God. He is not anxious or exasperated as he waits (v. 4).

Third, David willingly sacrifices to God. These is a reflection of his commitment to do what is right and to depend upon God (v. 5)

Fourth, David celebrates the victory. In the face of uncertainty, David confidently depends upon God with full assurance. Even when others cannot see the hand of God, David joyous affirms God's presence and goodness (vv. 6-7).

Finally, David sleeps. The true mark of David's faith in God is his ability to sleep in the midst of trouble, knowing that God alone sustains.

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