A Reflection on Psalm 4

My church is going through a reflection exercise in the Psalms. Today is Psalm 4 and I felt like “re-praying” the Psalm. Like inhaling the Psalmist’s pleas before God and breathing them back out as my own. You should be able to figure out which words belong to my soul and which belong to the Psalmist’s.
 

1Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
    You gave me room when I was in distress.
    Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. 
Almighty Friend, be my companion when I’m in need.
Clear away the clutter that buries me. 

Extend your loving hand to meet mine. 
How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame?
    How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? 
I feel history’s pain as it refuses to cease,
It only ebbs and flows in the midst of time.
 
But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him. 
However, my Faithful binds me to peace
through the power of his blood.

I’m never forgot or left to drown. 
When you are disturbed, do not sin;
    ponder it on your beds, and be silent. 
The breath of God is a mighty whisper,
lost in the roar of self interest and fruitless distress.

Allow creation’s Peace to establish his presence in your resting place. 
Offer right sacrifices,
    and put your trust in the Lord. 
Realize God’s desire is justice, mercy, and humility;
don’t give the Lord the peripherals of your heart.
Trust that God can and will use your offering wisely.
There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!
    Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”
I am comforted in the company of those who acquire pleasure
by drinking deeply from the presence of the Spirit of Light.
You have put gladness in my heart
    more than when their grain and wine abound.
The satisfaction of my heart soars by Your hand alone,
my joy is not from the content of my wallet or possessions of my hand.
 
I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
    for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
I find rest and warmth in my bed because of your provision.
Oh Closest Companion, the world’s affliction cannot penetrate to 

your dwelling place within my heart, from which safety radiates.
In the wisdom, love and power of my Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer;
Amen. 
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