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Bible Commentaries

Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Psalms 4

Verses 1-8

Psalms 4:0

1. The cry to Jehovah (Psalms 4:1-3 )

2. The warning to the enemies (Psalms 4:4-5 )

3. The assurance of faith (Psalms 4:6-8 )

Psalms 4:1-3 . The fourth Psalm is closely connected with the third; the third is “a Morning Psalm” and the fourth “an Evening Hymn.” He calls God “God of my righteousness” and He knows that He will act in righteousness toward him, be gracious and hear prayer. Then the appeal to the sons of men, who love emptiness and seek after a lie. They should know that the Lord hath set apart the godly for Himself and therefore He will hear.

Psalms 4:4-5 . This expresseth the concern of the godly for those who reject the Lord, it is a warning appeal to turn from their evil ways, to offer the sacrifices of righteousness and to trust Jehovah.

Psalms 4:6-8 . The mocking words “who will show us any good?” the challenge of unbelief, is met by prayer and the assurance of faith. “Lift upon us the light of Thy countenance, Jehovah.” This we shall find later is a choice prayer of the Jewish saints in the tribulation. (See Psalms 80:1-19 .) His heart is filled with joy; he knows he is safe. “For Thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” Such is the experience of the godly, who trust the Lord. Their hearts are filled with gladness; their safety is the Lord.

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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Psalms 4". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gab/psalms-4.html. 1913-1922.