Psalm 4:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 4:1, NIV: "For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David. Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer."

Psalm 4:1, ESV: "To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. 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!"

Psalm 4:1, KJV: "{To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.} Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer."

Psalm 4:1, NASB: " Answer me when I call, God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer."

Psalm 4:1, NLT: "For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments. Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer."

Psalm 4:1, CSB: "Answer me when I call, God, who vindicates me. You freed me from affliction; be gracious to me and hear my prayer."

What does Psalm 4:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David understands that God is the source of his righteousness. He also understands that God is righteous and therefore cannot do anything wrong. Christians, too, have a righteousness that is not of our own making but comes from God. In 2 Corinthians 5:21 the apostle Paul writes: "For our sake [God] made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." Because Jesus paid the penalty of our sin, when we put our trust in Jesus as our Savior, God sees us as righteous (Philippians 3:9; Ephesians 1:3–10). Further, we can enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that God always does what is right. Whatever He allows to impact our lives is for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28–30; James 1:2–4).

David prays earnestly that God will answer his prayer. He affirms that God had given him relief from his enemies in the past and pleads with God to be gracious to him by answering his current prayer.