God Will Take Care of You (Psalm 4)

As we read Psalm 4, it seems clear to me, the psalmist, in this case David, had no question, God was in charge and that God would take care of him. Read for yourself:

Answer me when I cry out, my righteous God!
    Set me free from my troubles!
        Have mercy on me!
        Listen to my prayer!

How long, you people,
    will my reputation be insulted?
How long will you continue
    to love what is worthless
    and go after lies? Selah
Know this: the Lord takes
    personal care of the faithful.
The Lord will hear me
    when I cry out to him.
So be afraid, and don’t sin!
    Think hard about it in your bed
    and weep over it! Selah
Bring righteous offerings,
    and trust the Lord!

Many people say,
    “We can’t find goodness anywhere.
    The light of your face has left us, Lord!”
But you have filled my heart with more joy
    than when their wheat and wine are everywhere!
I will lie down and fall asleep in peace
    because you alone, Lord, let me live in safety.
(Psalm 4:1-8, Common English Bible).

While I was in seminary, a Bible study activity used in my Christian education classes came from the book Teaching the Bible to Adults and Youth by the late Dr. Dick Murray. It was one of the simplest study tools in concept. It was actually pretty difficult in practice. I have used it often since. I find it to be difficult but also insightful and worthwhile.

When I started working on today’s post, I thought Psalm 4 might be a good place for this exercise. Below is the paraphrase version of the psalm I wrote.

My God,
I pray that you will hear my prayer,
Have mercy on me Lord.
I am troubled and cry out to you.
You alone are fully honorable and ethical.
I know you will hear me when I pray.

Why do people around me tarnish my reputation?
How long, will it continue?
How long will people continue to live what God hates?
How long will they witness falsely against me? Against God?

I know I am faithful. I know I praise God.
Because of my faithfulness, God will hear me.
God will hear me when I pray.
When I pray, God hears my vice.
God hears me when I cry out.

Those who sin against God,
Those who are not righteous or honor God,
So be afraid, you friend, be afraid of God’s wrath.
Think hard about your sin when you lay in bed at night.
Cry out. Cry out loudly for God’s grace.

Quit questioning God.
Your questions are the opposite of righteousness and trust.
Bring to God your offerings of praise and trust in the Lord.

Why do so many question God’s faithfulness?
Why do you think you cannot find goodness in the world?
Perhaps there is no goodness because sin has caused God to leave.

But you God give me joy. You fill my heart with good things.
You fill me with good food that is abundant.
You quench my thirst with your best wine.

You alone are God. You have power in the world.
You give me your assurance. You give me relief.
Because of you, I am safe.
Because of you, I lie down and sleep in peace.
(Psalm 4, paraphrase, jkb)

As a part of your study, I would challenge you to sit down and write your own paraphrase of Psalm 4. Really, the exercise would expect two things. First, you are putting the psalm in your own words. Second, what is God saying to you in this psalm.

For me, through this psalm, God is emphasizing that safety, peace, and the needs of life come from God. In other words, God will take care of you.

Most of you know already, the psalms were the hymnal of the ancient Israelites. It is a song book.

The problem for us is, for the most part, we don’t know how to put the psalms to music. It makes me think of one additional exercise for you today, and this one is pretty simple. When I read Psalm 4, I immediately paired it with the hymn, “God Will Take Care of You.” Your challenge, “if you choose to accept it,” and I hope you will, identify for yourself, what hymn you can pair with Psalm 4.

God Will Take Care of You

Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,
Through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

Through days of toil when heart doth fail,
God will take care of you;
When dangers fierce your path assail,
God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,
Through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

All you may need He will provide,
God will take care of you;
Nothing you ask will be denied,
God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,
Through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

No matter what may be the test,
God will take care of you;
Lean, weary one, upon His breast,
God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,
Through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

God will take care of you and me. God is around us everywhere. What remains for you and I is to follow in faithfulness.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright, 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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