PSALMS 4 FROM WEAKNESS TO WORSHIP
OUR WEAKNESS v.1
OUR BEGGING Hear me when I call,
Cause us to feel You on our side in every circumstance & condition
OUR BOAST O God of my righteousness:
Influence every thought that we might live in the reality of our perfect position in You
OUR BLESSING You have enlarged me when I was in distress
Reveal Your purpose in each tight spot & stressful situation & setting
OUR BURDEN have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
Allow an experience of mercy upon mercy, pour Your infinite compassion all around our life & give us the constant sensation of Your listening ear & caring heart.
OUR WARNING v.2
THEY DISHONOR O you sons of men, how long will
you turn my glory into shame?
Train us to honor others, give kind recognition & contribute value & respect to each other
Deliver us from dishonoring shame & dragging down others with indignity
Release us from discrediting others with foolish insults & scorning disrespect
THEY DEVALUE how long will ye love vanity,
Deliver from futility, pointlessness, unprofitable behavior & words
THEY’RE DISHONEST and seek after deception? Selah.
Rescue us from every form of duplicity & fraud.
OUR WONDER v.3
GOD IS SELECTIVE But know that the LORD hath set apart
him that is godly for Himself:
Illuminate our hearts & feelings in how special we are to You
GOD IS SENSITIVE the LORD will hear when I call unto Him
Enlighten us in how attentive You are to our every need & desire
OUR WORSHIP v. 4-5
WE MUST CONSIDER Stand in awe, and sin not:
Inspire our contemplation of inspective scrutiny into Your wonder & astonishing beauty
WE MUST COMMUNE commune with your own heart upon your bed,
Energize to share our intimate thoughts & feelings with You Lord
WE MUST BE CALM and be still. Selah.
Sooth us to live in the unruffled tranquility of Your presence
WE MUST COOPERATE Offer the sacrifices of righteousness
Direct a continual endorsing of Your satisfactory perfection & a pleasure in Your flawless, faultless life & sacrifice on the cross for us
WE MUST CONFIDE and put your trust in the LORD
Conduct us to repeatedly & persistently rely on You Lord for everything & in everything
OUR WAIL v.6
CONSTANT COMPLAINING There be many that say, Who will show us any good?
Clarify how there’s nothing we can place our confidence in but You
CREATIVE CONDOLENCE LORD, lift You up the light of
Your countenance upon us.
Define explicitly the radiance & beauty of Your features
OUR WELLSPRING v.7-8
FOUNTAIN OF REFRESHMENT
OUR CONTENTMENT You have put gladness in my heart,
Gratify us with the reality of contentment by discovering our true joy & delight in You
OUR CONTRAST more than in the time that their
corn and their wine increased.
Isolate the contradictory incongruity of squeezing satisfaction from anything apart from You
FIDELITY OF REST I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep
Lead to a reliability of comfort from Your intimate companionship
FENCE OF RETREAT for You, LORD, only make me dwell in safety