Psalm 4

Psalm 4 has similar structure as Psalm 3

1- The speaker converse with God and God’s answer
2- The speaker converse with the unrighteous and their answer
1- The speaker converse with God and God’s answer:

 

 

Conversation with God/Prayer

 

How God Answered the Prayer How is the effect of God’s answer on the Speaker
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress.  Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! *Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! You have given me relief when I was in distress.
The speaker’s first contact with the Lord in this prayer. It is based on calling God using ‘O’. Already we see a glorification of the name of God by calling him ‘God of righteousness’ but there is also intimacy and a personal experience (God of my ….) Prayer is a humbling experience especially for Kings, but David takes delight in humility. He asks for God’s grace and the answering of prayer like a child begging for his mother’s attention. There is here both a sense of gratitude about past answered prayers, and reminder to God to finish the work that He has started. In a sense, using God’s past interventions in order to plead, to make a case.