There are many who say, “‘Who will show us any good?’” (Ps. 4:6). These words of David seem to describe the pessimistic outlook we so easily develop in our world today. The front page of newspapers and top stories across the internet or on television seem to focus on crime, accidents, politics, the economy and famous people behaving badly. Our conversations at work and home begin to dwell on difficulties, and it’s enough to discourage anyone. Where can we turn for better news?

In the midst of his troubles, David turned to the Lord, who relieved his distress (v.1) and heard his prayer (v.3). Instead of just hoping God would change things, he found encouragement in God. “Lord, lift up the light of Your [presence] upon us” (v.6). The result was a gladness of heart that was greater than any temporary success. (v.7).

Throughout David’s life, before and after he became king of Israel, he was never without opposition. But at the end of the day he could say, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (v.8).

Thinking about the truths in Psalm 4 about God’s care for us is a good way to begin and end every day.

God is a safe dwelling place in life’s storms.


David C. McCasland


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