Call Out To God

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
2 O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach?
How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah.
3 But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself;
The LORD hears when I call to Him.
4 Tremble, and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the LORD.

Psalm 4:1-5

It’s easy to see who David went to in times of distress, hurting and need. The context here is that David needs God’s help and protection. His enemies want him off the throne. It doesn’t let us know exactly what David is going through, whatever it was, his answer was to cry out to the LORD.

It’s important to know what the word Distress (tsar) literally means, a narrow or a tight place. So when Davis asks for relief (rakhab) from it, he means to broaden or to bring into an open place. We all know this feeling of being smothered with hurts and pains. David is asking God to open up his pain and distress so he has relief.

Notice David calls God, O God of my righteousness! Our God is a God who acts righteously, and David is confident that God will act on his behalf.

Why? Because God is his (our) source of righteousness.

David goes on to say, But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; David trusted in Yahweh, he was confident that God hears him, he was confident that he belongs to the LORD. That’s why David can say…The LORD hears when I call to Him. Psalm 4:3.

Reminds me of the greatest verse in the bible, He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21. We belong to God through Jesus’ finished work, and He hears our prayers too!

The bible never promises us a rose garden, but it does promise to help us tiptoe through the tulips. What a great example David sets for us in our times of distress, hurting and pain.

I’ll end with Paul…

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:1-5 [Emphasis Mine]

If you are a believer and going through some sort of trial, troubles, pain or suffering, call out to God for help! He is our God who acts righteously, and will act on your behalf, and give you relief!

Tremble, and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the LORD.

...and that’s a beautiful thing!

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