McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Lev 5, Ps 3-4, Pr 20, Col 3
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! (Psalm 4:1)
The Psalms are so refreshing to read! They take us through the array of our own emotions. In the psalms we realize that we don’t have to feign a particular emotion that we think we are supposed to have as we go to the Lord in prayer. They teach us to be honest with ourselves and with our God.
David exhibits an intimate relationship with the Lord and the joys associated with that. He helps us see that there really is no greater experience than to walk with him, especially as we consider all that David experienced in his life.
You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.
Your relationship with the Lord can bring peace that goes beyond explanation, while remaining grounded in reality. David utters the following words as he flees for his life from his usurping son, Absalom:
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:7-8)