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- 1 2 For the leader; with stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
- Answer when I call, my saving God. In my troubles, you cleared a way; show me favor; hear my prayer.
- How long will you people mock my honor, love what is worthless, chase after lies? Selah
- Know that the LORD works wonders for the faithful; the LORD hears when I call out.
- 3 Tremble and do not sin; upon your beds ponder in silence.
- Offer fitting sacrifice and trust in the LORD.
- Many say, "May we see better times! LORD, show us the light of your face!" Selah
- But you have given my heart more joy than they have when grain and wine abound.
- In peace I shall both lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me secure.
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1 [Psalm 4] An individual lament emphasizing trust in God. The petition is based upon the psalmist's vivid experience of God as savior (Psalm 4:2). That experience of God is the basis for the warning to the wicked: revere God who intervenes on the side of the faithful (Psalm 4:3-6). The faithful psalmist exemplifies the blessings given to the just (Psalm 4:7-8).
2  For the leader: many psalm headings contain this rubric. Its exact meaning is unknown but may signify that such psalms once stood together in a collection of "the choirmaster." Cf 1 Chron 15:21.
3  Tremble: be moved deeply with religious awe. The Greek translation understood the emotion to be anger, and it is so cited in Eph 4:26.
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