“When I call, give me answers. God, take my side!
Once, in a tight place, you gave me room;
Now I’m in trouble again: grace me! hear me!
You rabble—how long do I put up with your scorn?
How long will you lust after lies?
How long will you live crazed by illusion?
Look at this: look
Who got picked by God!
He listens the split second I call to him.
Complain if you must, but don’t lash out.
Keep your mouth shut, and let your heart do the talking.
Build your case before God and wait for his verdict.
Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say.
I have God’s more-than-enough,
More joy in one ordinary day
Than they get in all their shopping sprees.
At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep,
For you, God, have put my life back together.”
– Psalm 4 MSG
The confidence in this Psalm gives me life.
David knows that God is on his side…even for a season. He knows that when he calls on God, that He will be faithful to answer and ‘put his life back together.’
What a great confidence this is.
Have you ever been in a season where it felt like life was falling apart? Confusing situations? Forced transitions? Heartache? Hunger? Financial hardship?
I think we all have…
And David is writing out of a season that contained those things…I am sure. People around him continued to mock him and pick on him and ask where his God was…and David simply resolves himself to keep his mouth shut and make a case before God in his heart…to let his public words be few.
There is much to be learned here.
Instead of complaining on social media, blasting out our issues and pain..maybe wisdom would be to keep it silent and before God. Allowing those around to simply look in (when they chose) and see that God truly is knitting our lives back together.
Be encouraged today, friend. God is with you. He is on your side.