To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. 1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. 2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. 3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. 6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. 7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. 8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
Picture if you will, King David, running from the battle rather than fighting a war with his own son! This is a continuation of Psalm 2. David’s own flesh and blood is waging war against him. What is a father to do? I try to put myself in David’s shoes and I can’t help but think that I would do the same thing. How can a parent enter a battle with his own child knowing that he could harm his child? I would rather run away from the situation than to chance killing my son! I can almost feel David’s pain as he penned these words, can’t you? What a broken heart David must have had!
~Psalm 34:18a The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart;
I feel his pain and distress as he cries to his Heavenly Father! Can’t you feel it as well? He’s pleading with every fiber of his being, “Oh God, hear me, have mercy on me! But wait, look at what begins to happen after the first pause (Selah)! David begins to focus on God – he is remembering how the Lord has been there for him in the past and how God had never let him down. Notice his words: the Lord will hear when I call unto him! What confidence! What results this Selah/pause had on David’s attitude!
~Psalm 37:7a Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him:
It doesn’t stop there – next David’s meditations begin. It’s as if he is reminded just who God really is! Stand in awe, David, of your God and do not sin the sin of doubt. There is nothing like meditating on God’s Word, His works in my life, and His goodness when I am laying on my bed waiting to go to sleep. What a beautiful way to enter into rest for the night! And here again, another rest is added in the Word (Selah). Hmmmm, I am beginning to see a pattern!
~Psalm 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
David recognizes that God wants the sacrifices of righteousness, not the sacrifices of animals. God wants the sacrifice of obedience (1 Samuel 15:22b). When I obey, I can confidently trust in the Lord and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He will help me through… yes, even in the darkest of hours in my life. What can be darker than my own child turning against me? Conflict in my family can easily take my thoughts where they should not go! I can easily become overwhelmed! This is the perfect time for me to get a hold of myself, lay on my bed of meditation and focus my thoughts on my God. I must remember that my God is the same God who created the universe, after all.
As a result of his meditation on God’s goodness, David was able to say that God had put gladness into his heart and finally, David had that peace that only God can give. David finally found rest in his God!
~Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
What does this beautiful Psalm have for me today? Am I confused? Am I at a complete loss as to what to do? Is my path foggy instead of clearly lit? Can I say with David that I have found rest in God? When I lay on my bed at night, what consumes my thoughts? Are they thoughts filled with worry and anxiety or are they thoughts focusing on what God has done for me up until this point? God has always “come through” for me. It may not have been in the timing that I had hoped for but it was always perfect! Why should this time be any different? From this day forward, I will lay on my bed at night and focus my thoughts on only those where my Heavenly Father held me in His arms. I will see only those events where I felt as though I could not walk one more step without fainting and yet there was my Father bringing me comfort and assurance! This is where my worries will be turned into faith and I will have songs in the night!
~Psalm 77:6a I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: