Devotional by Monty Sholund, Founder of Village Schools of the Bible
Hello, my friend. Now, we look at Psalm 4. He starts out with a simple statement: “Hey, Lord, when I holler ‘help’, please answer my cry and give me relief from my distress.” I just had a special phone-call from a dear brother, who shared with me some of the testings he is going through with his company, with some of his staff, with other circumstances, and one is just dumbfounded by all that seems to be piling up on him, all at once. Ever feel that way? Ever feel like Elijah did, when he had fled from Jezebel, there in I Kings 19, after having had a great mountain top experience as recorded in chapter 18:from vs. 16. And there in chapter 19:4, he simply says, “Lord, I’ve had enough. Take away my life.” Ever feel like that? Then Psalm 4 is a special Psalm for you.
In the midst of his distress, David cries out to people around him, “How long will you love delusions, and seek false gods!” vs. 2. How often we feel like that, when we are confronted with people who lie, who are greedy, who seem empty of any awareness of right things and get away with it. And we get discouraged. But notice the very next verse, when David is so powerfully reminded that “the Lord has set apart the Godly for Himself; the Lord will hear when I call unto Him” I truly think this is one of those very encouraging, special, precious verses, to know that the Lord has set you and me apart for Himself, for His pleasure. Such a reminder of Philippians 2:13, “God is at work in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure, for His enjoyment.”
And then he reminds himself of the danger of going to bed, only to sin there, with doubt, and worry, and resentment. And he is reminded that God can fill his heart with greater joy than when he was prospering. So he turns over in bed, lies down and sleeps in peace, knowing that the God of glory, who cannot lie, has promised to supply all our needs, according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil.4:19). So take heart, dear friends, and God will indeed let the light of His face shine on you.
“Thank you, Lord Jesus, for this refreshment, in the midst of such huge problems and testings, and even anguish. Let us be partners with you, in your suffering and your resurrection, each day. Bless my friend who is faithfully along, to share and pray and bring great encouragement. And we pray again for those in very special need. Help us indeed keep our trust in you alone.”
Thanks, partner. I thank God for you. Cheerio!