“When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.” Psalm 4:4-5
Psalm chapter 4: verse 4 and 5 are simple lessons every believer must take hold of, particularly at this period. And I will divide them each to explain;
— When you are disturbed, do not sin (Verse 4a)
In our problems, we are capable of anything. There is every possibility for a believer, if not careful, to mess us during his crisis. A song says ‘desperation keeps us strong’ and I have never believed this and I never will, because out of desperation, in crisis, a believer can commit the worst crime he never intended.
A moment when you are disturbed can either destroy or rebuild your relationship with God. It all depends on you, your state of mind and most importantly your faith in God.
You may reach a point, where you may call the end of your tunnel, a point when you look around and you see no one, no help, or a point when you pray and pray earnestly for God to help you, and all you get is silence, which to you may mean that God has forgotten you. At that point, you can boldly and publicly denounce God. This is sin! It is not what God intends from you.
That you don’t hear from God, or no help is coming does not mean that God does not hear you. Often, this is when God tests you to check out your faith in Him. This is the time you need to be extremely careful, because then you have to prove that truly you are a Christian, and no matter what, your faith will not be shaken.
— Ponder it on your beds, and be silent. (Verse 4b)
You need to be quiet when you are disturbed. Instead of going ahead to sin, what you must do is, take some times out, and think thoroughly. You are likely to discover that the answer to your problem is just within you. But if you don’t think deep, how can you find this out? Also, the Holy Spirit relates clearer to you when you are meditating, when you are at your moment of thought. He will bring the solution to you straightaway. You just have to think, think, and think more.
You don’t have to do this while in bed, find a quiet place even when you are at work, even in the midst of crowd, you can find quietness in your heart that will give you the space to think. Just block out the noise around you with your mind so that you won’t be distracted. I do this a lot. Those around me won’t know I was engaged in deep thoughts but there I was.
Also, you can ponder on your problems in the middle of the night, while you are in bed or not. We all know how traumatic issues are, and when we are in them, we can hardly sleep, and this is best because during the night when all is calm, we are able to think deeper.
Above all, be silent then. You can’t just be thinking of how to solve your problem and at the same time be thinking of how to iron your cloth for next day work. Get every other thought off your mind. I suggest your block your mind at this time. Focus extensively on your problems. And please, listen to the instructions of the Holy Spirit. He talks! You just have to be quiet. You won’t hear Him audibly but He talks.
— Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord ((Verse 5)
Offer RIGHT sacrifices! I hope you are beginning to understand this. Right, right, right and right sacrifices. Think of this — what happened to your tithing? Do you just give it anyhow or do you give to bless the lives of other people? We have been drown in this mentality that one must give their tithes to the church but I can tell you that many churches don’t even know if you give or not because they are rich enough not to notice the 10 Euros or dollar you dropped in there.
Majority of today’s churches are no longer in conformity with the word of God and I won’t advice you to go for them. I will dwell on that on another post.
Look at the orphans, the destitute, the hungry ones, the sick, and many of them, and bless them with your giving.
Another ‘right’ sacrifice is your offering of praise and worship. When you bless God through your singing, your hymns and worship and not bother at that moment about your problems, God will act in your favour.
Lastly, trust God. He is able to do all things, abundantly, more than we can ever ask of (Ephesians 3:20). Never doubt the power of the Lord. He is I AM THAT I AM, and for Him nothing is impossible. He makes way where all human knowledge had declared blocked.
Take hold of these.
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