Psalm 4 can help to get you through the final push of your spring season. Think of it as a spiritual pep talk during the 4th quarter. Here are the 3 main truths we learned:
- Know the source of help – God
“Answer me when I call… Be gracious to me and hear my prayer… the LORD hears when I call to him.”
John Piper says prayer is like a war-time walkie talkie. We radio our LORD to update our status, relay our position, ask for help, and await instruction.
You have direct access to God through Jesus Christ.
You have God on the Favorites list on your phone! Any time of day, any place. And God has his read receipts turned on! He is available to you.
David remembers when God has helped in the past. “You have given me relief when I was in distress” (v). How many times has God given you relief and answered your prayers? Do you have them written down? Can you count the ways He has displayed His power and love in your life, personally?
Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
2. Think before you act
“Be angry and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.”
There is righteous anger (God is slow to anger, Jesus and the money changers) and sinful anger
“How do I identify and manage my anger?” The Bible shows us the way:
ponder, on your bed, and be silent (opposite of this is “don’t think, just react, knee jerk reaction”
- Response to stress is usually to curse, lose temper, escape (games, friends, procrastinate, Netflix)
- Response to anger is normally to punch something, curse, hurt with words, lose patience
- Our response to sin? Do whatever pleases you, feels good.
Ask yourself, and ask the Holy Spirit: What is the source? Why do I react this way? Name it, and bring it to God.
III. Do the right things first
Sometimes things can seem overwhelming. We react different ways to tasks based on our personalities. The Word helps us to prioritize:
- offer right sacrifices (Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite hear, O God, you will not despise. Romans 12:1- living sacrifices to God)
“You always make time for what’s first.” Honor Him and give Him what He is due.
- put your trust in the LORD.
Proverbs 3:5-6 trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will direct your path.
Here’s the result: v7 JOY “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.”
PEACE, in peace I will both lie down and sleep for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
You want joy in your season? Do you desire peace in your hectic life? God is the source, and He will direct our paths and give us His peace as we trust in Him.
- Philippians 4
- Matthew 6
Questions to discuss:
- How busy is your semester on a scale of 1 to crazy?
- How do you prioritize what is most important?
- Are you good at time management, or do you tend to procrastinate?
- Do you think Christ followers should be good students? Why?
- Do you believe God wants His children to be stressed out all the time? How can we battle stress?