You have loved, but the one whom you loved:
a child, a sibling, a parent, a sister, a brother in Christ…
has turned on you.
Betrayal by loved ones is shocking and heart-breaking.
What did David do when his own son turned against him,
wanting his throne, plotting murder against his own father?
David was hiding in a cave, his heart breaking.
What did he do?
Psalm 4, a follow up to Psalm 3, shows us.
In Psalm 3, he cried out to “My God.”
But this time it is to “my righteous God,”
or, as the ESV puts it: “God of my righteousness!”
This week Paul Tripp will illumine Psalm 4 with great wisdom.
And Sara Groves will prepare out hearts for David’s situation with this:
On a personal note, I would love your prayers for this week:
Tuesday through Saturday in the Texas prisons speaking (anointing and favor)
Wednesday night: Speaking at Temple Bible Church in Texas (same)
Saturday night flying home (safety and on-time flights)
Sunday: Filming the promotional at my house for The Jesus Who Surprises. (Rested, good weather, anointing for me and for Ben, the producer)
You are my faithful sisters and I do covet your prayers. I know He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him and that the prayer of a righteous woman is effective. Thank you!
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
Monday: Answer me when I call
2. Read all of Psalm 4, and summarize the main point.
3. Did any verse come alive to you? If so, meditate on it and share what you see.
Tuesday: O My Righteous God!
4. Read Psalm 4:1 and share how David approaches God.
5. What is David’s lament in verse 2?
6. What, does David know for certain about God in verse 3?
7. Compare this to 1 Peter 2:23. What parallel do you see? How do you see Jesus here as the “greater David?”
8. How might you apply this when loved ones break your heart?
Wednesday: Be angry, do not sin, and experience His presence.
It is always wise when accused to do as Dawson Trotman did. Take the criticism into your prayer closet and sift it out to see if there is a kernel of truth in it. This is what David does now. He’s angry, but he is careful not to sin.
9. What does David tell his soul in verses 4 and 5?
10. If you are in a situation like this right now, do this, and see what HIs Spirit tells you. (You don’t need to share unless you choose to!)
The other night at my church, I was teaching Idol Lies and explaining that idols demand a propitiation, a sacrifice. Ann asked, “Can you give examples?” I shared how they had demanded peace in my relationships, my health, but most of all, the presence of God.” It made me think about the women in prison who are surrendered to the Lord, and who, despite the paucity of their circumstances, have such joy in the presence of God. This is one of my favorite pictures, and it is typical of their worship.
And then I thought of David, hiding in a cave, betrayed by his son, and yet — he says this:
12. Psalm 4 is an evening psalm, next week we will look at Psalm 5, a morning psalm. In Psalm 4:6-8, what does David know to be true about God that will help him sleep in such frightening circumstances?
13. How could you apply this psalm now or be ready to apply it when the need arises?
Thursday-Friday: Paul Tripp on Psalm 4
14. Dr Tripp is a very wise Christian counselor. Listen and share your notes and comments:
15. What is your take-a-way and why?