Psalm 4 and 5 … Consider Him Who Sets Us Apart and Surrounds Us With Favor

But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself;
The Lord hears when I call to Him,
(4:3).

For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.
(5:12).

Both Psalm 4 and Psalm 5 begin in much the same fashion. Calling on the Name of God. And there’s an urgency. There’s distress and there is groaning, crying for help.

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer,
(4:1).

Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my groaning.
Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,
For to You I pray,
(5:1-2).

And life will do that; bring distress, anguish and desperation. And when we are touched by life, where do we turn? Psalms 4 and 5 are encouraging guides for prayer and faith in turning to Him Who Sets Us Apart and Surrounds Us With Favor

Consider Him Who Sets Us Apart and Surrounds Us With Favor

He Sets Us Apart for Himself
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself;
The Lord hears when I call to Him,
(4:3).

  • He Sets Us Apart as His own possession
    • “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth,” (Deuteronomy 14:2).
  • He Sets Us Apart to be holy (sacred, sanctified) to Him
    • “Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine,” (Leviticus 20:26).
  • He Sets Us Apart in His Truth
    • “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth,” (John 17:17).
  • He Sets Us Apart In Christ
    •  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him, (Ephesians 1:4).
  • He Sets Us Apart to proclaim His excellencies
    • But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light, (1 Peter 2:9).

He Surrounds Us With Favor as with a shield
For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.
(5:12).

  • He Surrounds Us With Favor to preserve us from trouble
    • You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
      You surround me with songs of deliverance,
      (Psalm 32:7).
  • He Surrounds Us With Favor to establish us forever
    • Those who trust in the Lord
      Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
      As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
      So the Lord surrounds His people
      From this time forth and forever,
      (Psalm 125:1-2).
  • He Surrounds Us With Favor to reveal His glory
    • “For I,” declares the Lord, “will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst,” (Zechariah 2:5).
  • He Surrounds Us With Favor that we may be one
    • “that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me,” (John 17:21).
  • He Surrounds Us With Favor to secure our inheritance
    • In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, (Ephesians 1:7-9).

How do we respond to Him Who Sets Us Apart and Surrounds Us With Favor?

It’s beyond description, beyond words. The God of the Universe, the Most High King Set Us Apart and Surrounds Us With Favor. Can you even breathe?

He Sets Us Apart to belong to Him, to be made like Him in holiness and truth, in Christ, that we would proclaim His excellencies.

He Surrounds Us With Favor to protect us, to enable us to stand in the strength of His glory as one body who live with eternal purpose.

But, as we know all too well, life is fraught with difficulties and trials and suffering, and constantly competing for our attention. David also knew it well. Psalm 4 was his prayer in the evening and Psalm 5 his morning prayer.

David knew his God, and he knew his need. He lived by faith, but he was still touched by life, a lot. Perhaps that’s the very reason David became a man with a prolific and powerful prayer life; he was often a man in distress and desperate need. And many of his prayers, God has preserved for us. We have much to learn from the faith and prayer life of the man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).

Oh, may we learn and grow from David’s evening prayer in Psalm 4. For when we are convinced that He Sets Us Apart, when we approach Him in reverent fear, when we fix our hearts and minds on Him, when we answer His calling to holiness and faith, we will rest in His peace.

Tremble, and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the Lord….
In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.
(4:4-5, 8).

Oh, that we would learn and grow from David’s morning prayer in Psalm 5. When we begin our day with Him at the forefront of our thoughts, when we begin our day in communion with Him, when we determine we will look to Him alone for our provision, when we desire His presence more than the lure of the world, when we seek Him as our haven and happy place, we will walk through our day in joy and filled with praise for Him Who Surrounds Us With Favor.

In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;
No evil dwells with You…
11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You,
(5:3-4, 11).

Oh, that we would grow in ceaseless gratitude and breathtaking wonder for Him Who Sets Us Apart and Surrounds Us With Favor, for what else in this world could ever compare?

How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,
And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.

Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done,
And Your thoughts toward us;
There is none to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of them,
They would be too numerous to count,
(Psalm 40:5).

Let’s Grow Together!

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