Psalm 4:7 - The Greater Joy.
Psalm 4:7 - The Greater Joy.
Psalm 4:7 (NIV) You have filled my heart with greater joy than
when their grain and new wine abound.
Psalm 4:7 (NLT) You have given me greater joy than those who
have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
David wrote this psalm as he was about to retire for the
night (v. 8). He could not do much about the war around him, but he
could do something about the war within him. He did not want to lie in
bed and worry, so he committed himself and his situation to the
He asked (1-3). Asking the Lord for help is still a good way
to deal with inner turmoil (Phil. 4:6-7).
He believed (4-5). He faced his anger honestly and gave it to
the Lord (Eph. 4:26). Instead of lying in bed and thinking about
your problems, meditate on the Lord and offer Him sacrifices of
He received (6-8). In the darkness, he saw the face of God
and received light. In his sorrow, he discovered the gift of
gladness. In the time of battle, he received peace. God did not
immediately change the situation, but He did change David; He can do the
same for you. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren
The defeatist looks at surrounding troubles, and despairs.
David, however, looked up and found a source of joy in the knowledge
that God's face was turned toward him. The image of God's face
"shining on" a person means to look with favor; to look with the intent
to do good.
So David found his good and his joy in God, not in an earthly
abundance of "grain and new wine."
How much wiser David's course of seeking peace and joy in the
Lord. Our fortunes on earth can change radically, as David's flight
from Jerusalem shows. But God is unchanging. If we find our joy in
the Lord, that joy will be with us always. [The 365-Day Devotional
Commentary re vv. 4-8]
Two kinds of joy are contrasted here--inward joy that comes from
knowing and trusting God and happiness that comes as a result of
pleasant circumstances. Inward joy is steady as long as we trust God;
happiness is unpredictable. Inward joy defeats discouragement; happiness
covers it up. Inward joy is lasting; happiness is temporary. [Life
The joy of the Lord is the joy that springs up in our hearts
because of our relationship to the Lord. It is a God-given gladness
found when we are in communion with God. When our goal is to know more
about the Lord, the byproduct is His joy. [Nelson SB re Neh. 8:10]
The joy of the Lord is a supernatural thing, deeper and stronger
and tougher and more resilient than any joy derived from mere
circumstances. Those without it cannot understand it; we need to help them
experience it for themselves. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley]
The September 11 hijackings and terrorist assaults were a
shock and a tragedy for our nation. The magnitude of the attacks cut
to the soul of Americans, bringing trauma and panic. The following
summer, multiple children were abducted, some from their own homes ...
their own bedrooms. It would seem that the safety of the people of our
country has been under attack. In many people's lives, fear has taken
the place of peace and safety. Moms, dads, grandparents, and youth
wonder, How can I ever feel safe and secure again?
Just as the psalmist reminds us in these verses that true joy
is not based on our having an "abundant harvest of grain or wine"
because joy comes from the Lord, peace and safety come from him as well.
When we allow fear to govern our lives, it not only paralyzes us and
undermines our faith, it also robs us of many things, including a peaceful
night's sleep. Just as joy comes from the Lord, peaceful sleep is a
benefit and by-product of trusting in him.
Heavenly Father, wrap your arms around me and drive out any
fear. When I'm afraid, help me to run to you. Thank you for keeping me
safe and for providing me with the ability to lie down in peaceful
sleep. Help me to always keep my mind focused on you - the source of my
joy and peace. [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re vv. 7, 8]
Psalm 63:3 (NLT) Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
1 Peter 1:8 (NIV) Though you have not seen him, you love him;
and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are
filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
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