David struggles with why the wicked seem to prosper in Psalm 4. It might be that his son Absalom had driven him and his supporters from the capital city and they were in refuge while his enemies celebrated their victory.

David cries out to God for justice. He questions God’s love in light of his suffering, as we all might be tempted to do at times. David is angry and cries out “where are you, God, when I need you the most.” Yet, David comes through his personal struggles, by wrestling with God in his anger. He comes to his senses and says in verses 4 & 5, “Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent…and put your trust in the LORD.”

I must never forget that God always has my best interest foremost in mind regardless of the circumstances. That’s what putting “your trust in the Lord” means! Through all life’s various ingredients, the good and the bad, God has written the best possible recipe to make me the best and the happiest, the most fulfilled and the most satisfied ME, I can ever be.

This realization in his pain, gives David exceptional insight into a world in which the wicked appear to prosper. Having this kind of relationship with God is worth more than all the wealth in the world. It is more important than any earthly pleasure. It’s greater than any human accomplishment. That’s why David can finally say in verse 7, “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.”

Memory Verse: Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. (Psalm 1:1)