Greater Than the Mirth of the Harvest Festivities

If you are having trouble sleeping, then a note to the wise.  Read ’em and weep.  There is actually something to learn from our reading.  It is not as hard as it may seem.  How to?, do it yourself?  JPimbo does a declarative paper.

Psa 4:1  For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. 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.

Psa 4:2  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.

Psa 4:3  But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; The LORD hears when I call to Him.

Psa 4:4  Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Psa 4:5  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And trust in the LORD.

Psa 4:6  Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD!

Psa 4:7  You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound.

Psa 4:8  In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.

 

David prays. He is grateful. He is glad for being relieved of some distress.  He is bold, he says ‘Be gracious’, almost like an order, to GOD he says this.  It is because he feels comfortable with God like a friend.  He wants to pray- he is king- seeking God’s counsel is what he does.  He feels that humbleness to God’s authority and it becomes in the next few verses almost a prayer of submission.  Where David nestles under HIS wings and confides what he is to God.  He is at ease as with his Father and David tells God what is going on.  The last verse I never saw it until I read it in a book.  It is much deeper than sleep.  It is ‘why’ David sleeps.  Vs. 1 says he has been in distress.  So perhaps David mentions it because he hasn’t been sleeping.

But first let us see what CH Spurgeon has to say about this psalm.  “Yes, Lord thy favor is better than life itself.  You cause them that love you to inherit substance, and fillest all their treasure.”  He means spiritual treasure. This says part of what I am meaning.  Wesley says, ”Resting upon Gods promises”.  Without God’s promises we have nothing to look forward to, nothing to accomplish.  The Giant Despair, comes upon us and locks us up in a dirty, stinking, cold dungeon and beats us.  But the key of God’s promises fits every lock there and we escape.  The last couple of sentences were about ‘Pilgrims Progress’ a book.  And we probably don’t sleep in that dungeon.

If we don’t have the promises of GOD or if we forget them and put our heads in the sand like an ostrich then we can lose sight of what is supposed to happen.  We don’t pray or read the Bible.  We neglect getting saved and get full of the world.  Life becomes confusing and our direction is bent off course and we can’t focus solely on Jesus.  His love and our forgiveness and our liberty in Christ become less important than they are.

Matthew Henry, Bible Commentator and scholar agrees that Gods favor and lovingkindness will satisfy us’, as to what fills David in spite of his distress.  ‘When God puts grace in the heart it puts gladness in our hearts.’  So the point I’m trying to make is that God can fill our hearts and minds with good things.  Joy, peace, love, patience, gentleness.  It takes a little work and perseverance to get changed but it’s worth it.  The sovereign can adjust everything so you can reach a peaceful state.

The Bible Commentary says:  “The joy and contentment David experienced in trusting the Lord was greater than the mirth of the harvest festivities.”  This fine mirth was the feelings of comraderie, fun, warmth, and love.  Continuing, “Even in distress and away from the visible evidence of the Father’s goodness he enjoyed peace and safety in his God.  True joy and peace depend not on circumstances but on God’s protection and provisions.”

David found so much peace in God that he could sleep restfully.  He could lie down not listening to the noises and being restless.  I sure understand why people can’t sleep these days.  I have a sleepless night once in a while myself.  There is so much going on in the world every day.  People are never still and are getting angry.  There is no peace in the world or in our minds sometimes.  We are worrying and feeling insecure.  God doesn’t want that.  It is really a symptom of the way our lives are lived- with lust and not much order or discipline.  There is no joy in God nor trust that everything is going to be OK.  In Him the Father provides what we need to rest.  It is from the outside over us.  Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.  Come out of the world to the family of God.  Come to church and learn His ways.

That is the point ‘Peace in the Storm’.   We can find peace in God by reading His book and praying and being what we were meant to be.  Thereby we will be avoiding guilt and condemnation.  The world says find it by doing this or that.  But by knowing God better and better the Living Word will change us into His Image.  People get so mixed up with political correctness that turns good into evil.  You can go in many directions and not find the way to peace.  God alone speaks the truth about that.  Jesus is the way.  The world is trying to break away from God by saying He doesn’t exist but the Bible says differently.  The world is persecuting Christians because government, people, organizations want power.  Jesus wants to make you whole and save you from your sins.  Listen to your heart.

You still have a heart that tells you right from wrong and that will never change.  The world has been putting down God since the sixties and many are starting to believe it, read Psalm 2.  There is no peace without Jesus.  Not from war but inside.  We can’t control what they do with war.

I told you about Spurgeon’s comments and Matthew Henry knows God.  They have said what this sleep is in Psalm4:8.  It was caused by God and His love for David and all of us.  God’s love will keep you together in times like these.  Nobody can do better.  Thank you.

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