Psalms 3 is a beautiful prayer from David, written when he was fleeing from his own son, Absalom:
1 O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” Selah 3 But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
4 To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. 6 I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. 7 Arise, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah
Somehow I appreciate the passion and honesty of this Psalm. I appreciate the reassurance of the Lord’s protection.
Psalms 4 reminds me about letting anger get out of control:
4 Don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude 5 Offer proper sacrifices, and trust in the LORD.
Psalms 4 also reminds me that joy is something beyond my circumstances:
7 You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and wine. 8 I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.
It may not look like what I think joy should look like, but trusting God allows me to lie down in peace and sleep well – because He has my back.