Psalm 4

Psalm 4 has a similar structure to 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’. This is similar to other calling tools in other Semitic languages such as [ya]. It is not designed exclusively for God but it is only used to call after someone who is positioned at a distance from us or to open the conversation with someone after we just met them.

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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 a 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.