There are times when we should not speak, and there are times when speaking is our undeniable calling. There are words which we should not utter, and words that must come out of our mouths. That is why David, having spoken to his soul and commanded it to be silent and not to question God’s faithfulness, continued with, “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord” Psalm 4:5.
What David has in mind here is speaking by his actions. His mouth must bring a sacrifice of righteousness to God rather than complain because he has not been relieved of his troubles.
Our versification in these words tells us how we must speak.
Lay upon God’s altar good and loving deeds,
And in all things trust Him to supply your needs.
Anxious and despairing, Many walk in night;
But to those that fear Him God will send His light.
Here sacrifices of righteousness are called good and loving deeds. This is certainly true, especially for us today when the temple and all its types and shadows are fulfilled in Christ. We are to walk as Christ walked, loving God and showing this with all our deeds. Then we bring God sacrifices of righteousness.
Our complaining but also our impatience, when God does not at once bring us out of our distress and disappoint-ments, is not a work of righteousness. Therefore our calling is to trust in God. Revealing that trust we are bringing sacrifices of righteousness. We are doing that which is right. We are sacrificing our ideas and wishes and telling God that we submit to His way and will.
Therefore whatever your situation is and your troubles are, be silent as far as complaints are concerned. But open your mouth wide and by your actions reveal unshaken trust in God.
David began this Psalm by saying that God enlarged him when he was in distress. And we, having the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Christ into heaven as our Head, have stronger words to express our trust in God for the wonders He has wrought in His Son.
Read: Psalm 62
Psalter versification. 7:2
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.