Read Psalm 4. 1Answer 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! 2O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? 3But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. 4Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. 5Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord. 6 There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” 7You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. 8In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Do you have inner peace? One way to know if you do is to pay attention to what happens when you lie down to sleep. Do the distresses and distractions of the day keep you awake at night? Does a review of the day bring sinful anger to your heart?
If your answer is “yes” the solution is to turn to the Lord – Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
In Psalm 4 David isn’t just seeking solutions from the Lord; he’s seeking the Lord! David demands that God hear his prayer, but what is he praying for? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord. This was Moses’ prayer in distress – Lord show me your glory, let me see your face (Exodus 33). And this should be our prayer as well. A prayer for the presence of God. A prayer that has already been answered in Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
One thing we can know for sure as we lay in our beds at night and all the stresses of the day lay in a pile next to us is that Christ is with us. The shining light of his presence illuminates our hearts. No fear, no shame, no anger can darken his light of love. It is forever. It is no matter what. It is to live is Christ.
Prayer. Jesus, I want to trust that you are always with me. Help me feel the joy and peace of your love each night as I lay down to sleep, and each day when I awake.
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