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Psalm 4:1

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When you open a score to a pieace of music. You will will sometimes find some notes from the composer. He will talk about what they were thinking when the composed the music. They will talk about instrumentation. If a pieace of music is dedicated to someone or has been compissioned my someone they will mention that.
In the heading of my Bible we find some of these notes written in.
it tells me that David wrote this Psalm. And that this Psalm was meant to be done with stringed instruments
As this psalm would have been sung by the the choir it would have had this stringed orchestra behind it.
In most orchestra pieces you have different movements. This would have been the second movement maybe. This an educated guess.
is closly related to . You can see this by David opening Statement in verse 1
Psalm 4:1 ESV
1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
David starts off this psalm with calling out to God and begging him to answer him when he calls.
Have you every called out to God and felt like he was not answering you and you wanted to say to God Answer me when I call.
God does not listen or answer every prayer. Resource for this is John Macaurther.
First, God does not answer the person with selfish or personal motives
James 4:3 ESV
3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
James 4:3 ESV
3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
Second, those who have iniquity (immoral behavior and grossly unfair behavior) sin in there heart God does not listen.
Because God is holy
Psalm 66:18 ESV
18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
Third, Those who remain in sin.
Isaiah 59:2 ESV
2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
John 9:31 ESV
31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.
Fourth, those that forsake God
Jeremiah 14:10–12 ESV
10 Thus says the Lord concerning this people: “They have loved to wander thus; they have not restrained their feet; therefore the Lord does not accept them; now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.” 11 The Lord said to me: “Do not pray for the welfare of this people. 12 Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, and though they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.”
Jeremiah 14
Fifth, Those reject God call
Proverbs 1:24–25 ESV
24 Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, 25 because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,
Proverbs 1:28 ESV
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
Sixth those who will not listen to Gods law
Proverbs 28:9 ESV
9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
Seventh, those that turn a deaf ear to the cry of the poor
Proverbs 21:13 ESV
13 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.
Eighth, Those who are violent
Isaiah 1:15 ESV
15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
Isaiah 59:2–3 ESV
2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. 3 For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness.
Ninth, those who worship idols
Jeremiah 11:11–14 ESV
11 Therefore, thus says the Lord, Behold, I am bringing disaster upon them that they cannot escape. Though they cry to me, I will not listen to them. 12 Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry to the gods to whom they make offerings, but they cannot save them in the time of their trouble. 13 For your gods have become as many as your cities, O Judah, and as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up to shame, altars to make offerings to Baal. 14 “Therefore do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble.
Ezekiel 8:15–18 ESV
15 Then he said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? You will see still greater abominations than these.” 16 And he brought me into the inner court of the house of the Lord. And behold, at the entrance of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men, with their backs to the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east, worshiping the sun toward the east. 17 Then he said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations that they commit here, that they should fill the land with violence and provoke me still further to anger? Behold, they put the branch to their nose. 18 Therefore I will act in wrath. My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. And though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”
Tenth, those who don’t have faith
James 1:6–7 ESV
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
Eleventh, Who are living in hypocrisy
Luke 12:1 ESV
1 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Twelveth, those that are proud of heart
James 4:6 ESV
6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:5 ESV
5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Thirteeth the self righteous
Luke 18:11–14 ESV
11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Fourteeth, Those who mistreat Gods people
Psalm 18:40–41 ESV
40 You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed. 41 They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
Micah 3:2–4 ESV
2 you who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin from off my people and their flesh from off their bones, 3 who eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them, and break their bones in pieces and chop them up like meat in a pot, like flesh in a cauldron. 4 Then they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil.
Fifteeth, those who offer unworthy service to God
Malachi 1:6–8 ESV
6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ 7 By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the Lord’s table may be despised. 8 When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts.
Malachi 1:9 ESV
9 And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts.
Sometimes when we call on the Lord, who is righteous in every way he will not answer you.
Malachi 6:1-8
Now in this psalm we see in verse 1 that he did answer David.
And when God answers our prayers he answers them in 3 ways.
So the question may be asked does God answer the prayers of unbelivers. Depends on the the circumstance.
And each time he answers us it is a perfect answers.
For God is all knowning, all powerful, and all wise
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