Reading: Psalm 4
In our Psalm for today we see what trust in God looks like. David places God first and relies on God for relief from distress, for mercy for sins, for an ear in times of need, for joy in God’s presence, and for peace in his heart. Looking at this list, who would not want these things? All of us want joy, peace, and contentment in life. When we allow God to be our guide, our defender, our redeemer, and our Savior then our life will be blessed.
Sometimes we get the relationship backwards though. We set out on our own adengas and we try to be the one in control. Our focus is on ourselves, we hunker down and move ahead with the plans we have laid. We have a goal or a desired outcome and we try to work through or around any obstacles that come our way. Culture reinforces our tendency towards individualism and self-centeredness. If things get a little hard we may ask God to bless our plans or to make things work out for us. We set ourselves up in the role of God and then ask the one true God to step in only when we need it.
But this is the reverse of how our relationship with God should be. It is funny that at times we think we are smarter, more capable, more able … than the God who created the whole universe. In David’s words we see the proper respect and reliance that God alone deserves. David reminds us to pray because God hears us. He reminds us to trust in God alone and to allow God’s light to shine upon our faces. In verse seven, we begin to see the fruit of doing these things: “You have filled my heart with joy”. At the end of each day, David lies down in peace. When God is in control, David experiences blessing. When we begin each day by submitting our will to God and by asking God to lead, we too will know joy, peace, and contentment. May we choose each day to place all of our life in God’s hands.