Psalm 4: Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

What attributes of God make him “righteous”?

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Psalm 4:1 To the minister of music, a song of David for stringed instruments.
Hear me, O righteous God, when I call upon you. When I was in great distress, you rescued me. Now be merciful and hear my prayer.
King James
Psalm 4:1 <To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.> 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.

If God has been our savior from distress before, why might we doubt that he will save us from present problems?

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Psalm 4:1 To the minister of music, a song of David for stringed instruments.
Hear me, O righteous God, when I call upon you. When I was in great distress, you rescued me. Now be merciful and hear my prayer.
King James
Psalm 4:1 <To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.> 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.

Why should we be concerned about the behavior of others?

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Psalm 4:2 O people, how long will you accuse and insult me, showing no respect? When will you quit loving falsehoods and believing lies? Pause to think on that.
King James
Psalm 4:2 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.

What does it mean to have a “personal relationship” with God?

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Psalm 4:3 Know that the righteous have a personal relationship with God, and he will hear their prayers.
King James
Psalm 4:3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

How might our relationship with God affect our prayers and whether they are heard?

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Psalm 4:3 Know that the righteous have a personal relationship with God, and he will hear their prayers.
King James
Psalm 4:3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

In what ways can we recognize God’s presence? Why might this be important?

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Psalm 4:4 Recognize God’s presence and tremble, turning from your sins. As you lie upon your beds, be quiet and listen to what God is saying in your hearts. Pause to consider this.
Romans 1:20 They have no excuse for not believing and doing the good they know to do, since the power and nature of our invisible God can be clearly observed in his creation.
King James
Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

What kinds of sacrifices could be offered with an “impure” heart?

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Genesis 4:4–5 Abel’s offering was the choicest cuts of meat from the very best of his flock. God approved of Abel and his offering, but not Cain and his offering. Cain was furious, his face red with anger.
Psalm 4:5 Offer sacrifices with a pure heart, and put your trust in God.
King James
Genesis 4:4–5 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Psalm 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

What motivates us to make sacrifices with “a pure heart”?

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Psalm 4:5 Offer sacrifices with a pure heart, and put your trust in God.
King James
Psalm 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

To what extent do you think we can “bargain” with God?

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Psalm 4:6 Some are saying, “Where are the blessings you have promised? Give us what we want, and then we will trust you.”
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Psalm 4:6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

If God were to give us everything we wanted, why might we still have trouble trusting God?

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Psalm 4:6–7 Some are saying, “Where are the blessings you have promised? Give us what we want, and then we will trust you.” But your fill of food and drink cannot bring the happiness that comes only from trusting God.
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Psalm 4:6–7 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

How can Christians know the Lord and still not feel safe?

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Psalm 4:8 The moment I lie down, I will sleep peacefully, for only you, Lord, will keep me safe.
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Psalm 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.