Psalm 4:5: “In your anger do not sin…”
Me: [angry about at least 15 things]
P4: [waiting while I justify myself in every case]
Me: But I’m angry because THEY have sinned!
P4: Yes, but this prayer is between you and me.
P4: Let’s continue, then?
Psalm 4:6(b): “When you’re on your beds, search your own heart…”
Me: WHAT ABOUT THEIR HEARTS???
P4:”… and be silent.”
Me: [seriously considers ending prayer]
Me: [checks Twitter]
Me: [cleans guest bathroom]
Me: [paints entire upstairs a nice shade of grey]
Me: [builds back deck]
Me: [reads War and Peace]
Me: [learns Japanese sign language]
Me: [plants and harvests a vinyard]
Psalm 4: Glad you’re back. You ok?
Me: No offense, but I much prefer Psalm 23.
Me: I’m serious.
P4: Let’s move along?
Psalm 4:6: “Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD…”
Me: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN???
P4: Trust me (your God) with your whole body, mind, and strength.
Me: That’s all? hahaha
P4: I’m actually not done.
P4: And trust me (your God) to deal justly with your enemies.
Me: [slowly coming to grips that I am not God]
Psalm 4: [now addressing me very directly and pointedly]
Me: [paying close attention to God, which, I see now, is praying]
Psalm 4. Trust my wisdom and kindness.
Psalm 4: Trust me with your loved ones.
Psalm 4. Trust me with your calling and passions.
Psalm 4. Trust me with the needs of the world.
Psalm 4: Trust me with your present and future.
Psalm 4: Trust me with your past, your sin, and your shame.
Psalm 4: Trust me not to leave you or condemn you.
Psalm 4: Trust me to make a way in the dark.
Psalm 4: Because you are mine.
Me: “And I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:7-8)
Peace to you today, because our trust and rest is ever in the LORD.