Martin Luther on Psalm 4

Answer 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.

How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame?
    How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

When you are disturbed, do not sin;
    ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices,
    and put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!
    Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”
You have put gladness in my heart
    more than when their grain and wine abound.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
    for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.


“This psalm is an invitation to come to God not only in substance, as are all others, but also in form and manner.  The best way to lift the mind up to God is to acknowledge and ponder past blessings.  The setting forth of past blessings is the guarantee of future ones, and the gifts received in the past offer the confidence of receiving them.  [But on] the contrary, the total sinking of the mind away from God down to hell consists in forgetting or failing to take note of goods received.

Martin Luther, Works, Volume 10


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