Prayer Guide: Psalm 4
Psalm 4 (ESV)
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
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,[a] 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,[b] 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.
God’s praiseworthy attributes displayed in this text:
- Answers when we call – v. 1
- Righteous and the source of our righteousness – v. 1
- Provides relief in our distress – v. 1
- Gracious – v. 1
- Hears our prayers – v. 1
- Sets us apart to himself – 3
- Hears us when we call – v. 3
- Worthy of our sacrifices – v. 5
- Trustworthy –v.6
- Good – v. 6
- Looks upon us/shines his face – v. 6
- Light – v. 6
- Surpassing joy – v. 7
- Peace – v. 8
- Source of safety – v. 8
Possible prayer prompters:
I praise you that your heard my prayer when ________________________ (v. 1)
I praise you that you are righteous, and make me righteous, even though _________________________ (v. 1)
I praise you that you provided relief in my distress when __________________________ (v. 1)
When the world seeks to __________________________ (see v. 2) – set my heart apart to You alone. (v. 3)
When I struggle with anger over _______________________________, let me trust You in a spirit of quiet surrender (vv. 4-5)
Lord, I give myself to You and trust You today for ________________________________________ (v. 5)
Even though the world doubts Your goodness, let me seek and seek Your face, when I ______________________________ (v. 6)
I trust You for Your surpassing joy today, even though ___________________________________ (v. 7)
Even though I continue to encounter ______________________________ (areas of spiritual battle), give me Your peace that provides surpassing rest and safety. (v. 8)