Scripture: Psalm 4
Key verse: (1)
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.
Reflection: Prayers are sometimes gentle appeals. But there are times, in the midst of our anguish and distress, when they are impassioned pleas of great urgency.
I remember when our young children would complain, “Daddy, listen to me when I am talking.”
That’s the sense I get from this psalm. The author is trying to get God’s attention, trying to get God to focus on the current distress and do something about it. “I am talking, God. Listen to me,” prays the psalmist.
At those times when we are disturbed, distressed and dejected, when there’s a shadow across our faces, we can lift up our prayers to God. We can share with God our longing for some action and even plead with God for an urgent response. We do so trusting that God hears when we call. We dare to pray and trust because God is faithful and puts gladness in our hearts.
Listen to me, O God, when I am talking to you.
Listen to me and do something so I can lie down and sleep in safety and in peace.
Prayer: O Lord, you have set me apart for yourself. You hear me when I call. Calm my anxious spirit and give me peace. But please hurry! Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].