Who Will Show Us Some Good?

1 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!

2 O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah

3 But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.

4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

5 Offer 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!”

7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:1-8

It is amazing how quickly we flip flop on God.  We say we trust Him but as soon as things don’t quite go the way we want or expect, we get sullen and downcast as if He hasn’t already proven Himself over and over a million times in our lives. If we skip down to verse 6 of this psalm of David – David says, “There are many who say, ‘Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!’ In my opinion, there are many times that those “many who say,” are “we, who say!” We get to points in our lives where it is, in fact, us who are moaning, griping and complaining about God showing us some good! We look at others being blessed, we see others prospering, and we feel as though it should be us, especially since we are “doing our best” to do everything right.

But David took a different approach! He called on the Lord in prayer and reminded God (but perhaps himself even more) of what He had already done in his life!  God, answer like you have so many times before – you are the God of my righteousness – anything that I have done or do in your name – you are the author of it! I have no righteousness of my own but only through you! You’ve given me relief when I was in distress – I know you’ll do it again! Give me grace and hear my prayer! To me, that denotes someone who knows that he doesn’t even deserve an answer to his prayer but he is asking that God be gracious and answer anyway!

In verses 2-4 David then turns his attention to others – the denigrators of Absolom’s court and the fearful and despondent ones in his own court. This psalm was probably written at the time of David’s flight from Absolom, as he faces a second night of sleeping under threat. [1]  All in all he wants to show that the Lord rejects the wicked and protects the righteous.  The righteous need merely to pray and trust in God’s provision.

Oh, that we would learn to just trust in the Lord – to lie down in peace knowing that God is working out all things for our good and His glory (Rom 8:28).  When we are at peace with God’s plan for our lives – even in the midst of our struggles and trials, he will give us joy! The situation doesn’t have to be “just right,” we don’t always have to see the end result, we don’t always have to know all of the answers, we don’t have to fear the uncertainty.  All we have to do is TRUST!

I was convicted by this word because I had taken my eyes off of the big picture for a split second. I had wondered, “what in the world?????” “why this?” “ why me?”….and as soon as I let the feeling creep in, the Lord turned it around and while I was grateful and relieved to see Him work it out on my behalf, I was also convicted that I had not trusted Him wholly…..AGAIN!!!

We must learn to trust….have faith, knowing that God has set apart the godly to Himself (v.3).  He hears you when you pray, trust Him…and do like David did…go to sleep in peace! He has your back and His will is to ALWAYS show you some good! (Jer. 29:11).

c/2013 Candie A. Price

[1] New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition, ed. D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer and G. J. Wenham, 4th ed. (Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994), Ps 4.

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