“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah. But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD. There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4)
Among the many comforts the righteous servant of God enjoys is the blessing of knowing God is always present and engaged in our lives. Consider the terms used in this psalm and the confidence David shows in his relationship with God.
“You have given me relief when I was in distress.” God’s relationship with man is built on trust. God never promises men that bad things will not happen, but he does promise he will be there with us when it does. It should be a great comfort and relief to know that we have a God who does not leave us during the tough times.
“The Lord has set apart the godly for himself.” God has a special place for his people. They receive a special place in his loving care. The security to be found in the shelter of his love is wonderful to behold.
“The Lord hears when I call to him.” It is wonderful to know that with God the line is never busy and he is never out of touch. We have a constant open line to the Father. It isn’t just for emergency use, but constant lines of communication to the Creator of the universe.
This psalm serves as a great blessing for the child of God. It shows both sides of the relationship with God and reminds us that God is always engaged with his people.