Psalm 4:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 4:7, NIV: Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound.

Psalm 4:7, ESV: You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

Psalm 4:7, KJV: Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

Psalm 4:7, NASB: You have put joy in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine are abundant.

Psalm 4:7, NLT: You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.

Psalm 4:7, CSB: You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and new wine abound.

What does Psalm 4:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joy is listed in Galatians 5:22–23 as one of the qualities included in the fruit of the Spirit. It is the opposite of discouragement. Joy is not always happiness, or the result of happy circumstances (James 1:2–4; Luke 6:22–23). David's joy in the midst of peril demonstrates his close relationship with God. He compares his joy to that of farmers at harvest time. They rejoice in having an abundance of grain and wine, but David says his joy exceeds theirs.

Joy accompanies our obedience to Jesus' commandments (John 15:10–11) and our practice of praying in Jesus' name (John 16:24). Although some critics of our faith assume that Christianity is dull and drab, it is the opposite. Romans 14:17 describes the kingdom of God as a matter "of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." In Paul's letter to the Philippians the words "joy" and "rejoice" appear frequently. Like David, the apostle Paul experienced joy amid very difficult circumstances, and we can too.