Good for God’s Servant in Distressing Times


Let’s face it, life is difficult in many instances. In every society, people pursue a myriad of avenues to deal with the stresses of life. Many of vices have taken footholds in people’s lives because they were pursuing a means to rid themselves of a stressful situation in their lives. There are all kids of lists or steps to de-stress. I am not saying that those don’t have any value or are ineffective, but what does the Word of God say about Good for God’s Servant in Distressing Times.

According to dictionary.com, distress is defined as great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble. There are many in the bible like Sarah, Paul,Nebuchadnezzar,Joseph, Hezekiah, Isaiah, Judas Iscariot who faced distressing times. Are you surprised that Nebuchadnezzar and Judas Iscariot were on the list? They were included as a contrast to the people of God. As we continue in Psalm 4, David presents a contrast between those who know and serve God versus those who do not know and serve God.

Psalm 4

Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord!
You have put gladness in my heart,
More than when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety. (NASB)

Specifically, David quotes what people are saying in distressing times. He says that many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” While I am not sure of the exact circumstances of that time, I am sure that God wanted us to know how to respond when people tell us that in our distressing times. God wants us to know that there is Good for God’s Servant in Distressing Times.

In verse 6, David begins telling us how there is Good for God’s Servant in Distressing Times. First, David mentions the favor of God brings good for those who know and follow Him. While the naysayers and cynics are acting like Chicken Little or Henny Penny by leading people into danger by not trusting in God. Verse 6 is a clear reference to Numbers 6:24-26 which says,

24 The Lord bless you, and keep you;

25 The Lord make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.’ (NASB)

 

From verse one, we know that David attributes the relief of his distress to God. He says, “You have relieved me in my distress” Not only that, David says in verse that God put “gladness in my heart,” That is so unlike our times when we look to others to make us glad. God is the only one who can truly make us glad.

Again, David contrasts those who trust God versus those who do not. For those who do not trust in God, they are glad circumstantially. David says that they are glad when their grain and new wine abounds. Basically, David says that when things are going well they are glad, but who couldn’t be glad when things are well. The true test is when things are not going well, when things are distressing. Good for God’s Servant in Distressing Times.

Lastly, David drives a nail in the coffin as he compares the faithful servant that God has set apart for Himself versus the unfaithful person. He says, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety” Devoid of feelings or circumstances, David says that he can lie down and sleep well because God provides his safety and security. Furthermore, David only attributes that to God not any person or circumstance – “You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.”

Do you want Good for God’s Servant in Distressing Times. Become His faithful servant then by trusting in Jesus as your Lord and Savior. 

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