I think it’s significant that the people using Psalm 4 are instructed to use stringed instruments. Not drums or cymbals or trumpets. Today, let’s use a psalm of lament to soothe ourselves.
- First, find some instrumental music that is strings or mainly strings—such as classical guitar, quiet piano pieces (Chopin nocturnes rather than Beethoven concertos!), harp, or string quartet.
- As you play the music in the background, read this psalm aloud. The first time you read it, choose a favorite line and, while the music continues playing, meditate on that line.
- Read the psalm aloud again and look for any instructions if offers.
- Read the psalm aloud a third time and repeat the verse or verses that help you the most.
To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
1 Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
You gave me room when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.
2 How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
3 But know that the LORD has set apart the faithful for himself;
the LORD hears when I call to him.
4 When you are disturbed, do not sin;
ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
5 Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the LORD.
6 There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
Let the light of your face shine on us, O LORD!’
7 You have put gladness in my heart
more than when their grain and wine abound.
8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O LORD, make me lie down in safety.