Psalm 4:4 In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. "Selah"
The first 3 verses of psalm 4 encourage us to call out to God for mercy in our distress regardless of how we got into it. Verse 2 says it’s due to our accepting delusions and worshipping false gods. Today people would not say they are worshipping false gods but we do. We worship our own abilities and skills. We put hope in different gurus of business or believe many of the trends in the world’s thinking as gods that will provide the solutions for us.
But when we realize we have been deluded our response can be one of anger. We feel so stupid for having been duped. This anger that is aimed at self often finds expression in accusation and outbursts directed at others. A person can become so agitated and worked up inside because of fear for his or her own welfare and of what will happen next. Unfortunately it is often vented on someone else unreasonably and totally out of portion to what may have triggered the word storm.
Verse 4 calls for self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 says we have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and self-control. What will we serve? Will we serve the fear that comes knocking at our door or will we exercise self-control and believe God is our deliverer.
The author says in our anger not to sin. How do we sin? We let it foment. We dwell on it and eventually it takes control of us. We can be angry, which is not sin. The issue becomes sin when we fail to resolve our anger. On your bed rather than sleep on your anger, search your hearts. Be silent. Keep your mouth shut. Don’t talk and say something you will regret. Let the Holy Spirit reveal to you what the source of your anger is. Some times it is much deeper than the issue at hand. The issue is simply a trigger to release a much more deeply hidden fear. Fear causes us to act irrationally and disproportionately to what we actually face. Jesus came to set us free from fear. Take it to Him and let Him resolve what really concerns you.
Prayer: “Jesus, I trust you to resolve every issue that causes me to fear and to over-react. Search my heart and reveal to me the source of any angst so that I may walk in power, love and self-control. Amen!”