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!

O men,[a] how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
    How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

Be angry,[b] and do not sin;
    ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
Offer right sacrifices,
    and put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
    Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”
You have put more joy in my heart
    than they have when their grain and wine abound.

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)