Psalm 4

Psalm 4

Psalm 4:6 “Many are asking, ‘Who can show us any good?’”
 
[This is because many are willfully blind to or continually distracted from, the constant flow of life-giving goodness you pour out on us every day, Lord–your unending provision of our basic needs, your wonderful protection, the great attention from your heart to the details of our lives.
 
There is so much goodness that we cannot begin to count it all! From your keeping the stars in place to holding together every atom in the universe, you are doing what is beneficial for all human beings on every level, in every situation. You are marvelous, you are majestic, you are forever good–powerfully, patiently, persistently, paternally so, and we praise you for it.]
 
“Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.”
 
[And so you do every day, Lord, every minute without ceasing, with love and grace and goodness. We praise you for the privilege of having you as our Heavenly Father.
 
You keep on giving everyone light through creation, events and believers. You speak through the Spirit and your Word, giving conviction, insight, wisdom, guidance and direction, and providing sun and moon, clouds and rain, seasons and years, crops and animals–even though people take them for granted, or complain about what comes.
 
Many choose not to see your light, even though they have it: “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:9,4). The people of the world prefer darkness because their deeds are evil: the light of Christ makes unbelievers uncomfortable.
 
You knew, Lord Jesus, that you would have such massive rejection when you came to live in the world as a man; you knew that from a human standpoint your time on earth would appear to be a failure, but you came anyway because you always know what is best, and do it, irrelevant of what people think.
 
Help us to see daily all the God sightings you give us, Lord, to live in the light of your presence, to walk in the light of your Word, to rejoice in the light of your love, seeing all that you provide every day, and give you honor for your generous, gracious and good heart.]
 
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