Thoughts On Psalms: Give Me Relief, O God

Psalm 4:1-3
Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.

How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame?   How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?

Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him.

David is again being buffeted by hyper-critical men. Their complaints are unceasing. David has been through this before and he knows his only relief comes from God. David calls out to God, “Answer me.”

We are no less pained by criticisms laid upon us for what we believe. Too often we ignore the first option to call on God for relief. Do we not climb into protective shells and hope the harping will subside? Let’s take our lead from David, “Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer” Father.

Other people hold grudges, not Christians; not us. David asks those who are maligning him, “How long…?” How long will you continue with the false accusations? How long will you continue at the altar of idols?

Truth be known; “…The Lord has set apart the godly for Himself….” We know Jesus and that fact makes us children after the heart of God. “The Lord will hear…” our prayer for relief and He will hear our prayer for wisdom.

God loves us! Keep that blessing close to heart today. Be a blessing.

About Jim Barnes

A man seeking to please the Lord. A man striving to abide in Christ Jesus. A man whose hope is to see just one more come into the fold.
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