Praying the Psalms – Psalm 4


To the Chief Musician. With Stringed Instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

2 How long, O you sons of men,
Will you turn my glory to shame?
How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood?

3 But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly;
The Lord will hear when I call to Him.

4 Be angry, and do not sin.
Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.

5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And put your trust in the Lord.

6 There are many who say,
"Who will show us any good?"
Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.

7 You have put gladness in my heart,

More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.


Father, I know that You are righteous and merciful.
Hear me when I call upon your holy name.
The struggles of my life feel overwhelming at times, but You comfort and strengthen me.

I see worldly men who seek glory in that which has no real value.
They pursue the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
These lovers of lies are blind to the vanity of such.

But You have set me apart;
I will not live like them for I am holy for You.

And when I am agitated, keep me from sinning.
Strengthen me through my meditations and cause my mind to rest peacefully.

I will worship You in spirit and truth;
I will continue to place my trust in You, O LORD.

There are many who doubt You,
But I know You are good and generous.

I rejoice because of You and Your blessings in my life.
It is an abiding joy, much more than the mirth of a party or feast.
I know I am safe in You, Father.
I have no fear; I sleep peacefully each night.