We begin Day 2 of Reading the Psalms with
1 Answer me when I call, God of my righteousness. Give me relief from my distress. Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
2 You sons of men, how long shall my glory be turned into dishonor? Will you love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah.
3 But know that Yahweh has set apart for himself him who is godly: Yahweh will hear when I call to him.
4 Stand in awe, and don’t sin. Search your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness. Put your trust in Yahweh.
6 Many say, “Who will show us any good?” Yahweh, let the light of your face shine on us.
7 You have put gladness in my heart, more than when their grain and their new wine are increased.
8 In peace I will both lay myself down and sleep, for you, Yahweh alone, make me live in safety.
The text in this Psalm is a reflection of David speaking to all sinners, while addressing himself to Absalom. The message in the psalm is that the victories of sinners are only temporary and meaningless, and that only repentance can bring true happiness. It is also a request to God for deliverance from past distresses.
Expositor Charles Spurgeon suggests that Psalms Three and Four would be paired as follows: the third as a morning prayer, the fourth as an evening hymn.
Day 2 continues in the next post…