Joy in the Ordinary
It’s hard to imagine what exactly King David was emotionally experiencing in this psalm.
It’s believed that when David wrote this, his son Absalom had run him out of the palace in an attempt to force him off the throne. Betrayed by his son, he fled for protection. David felt betrayed, alone, and hurt.
When I read the words of Psalm 4 I feel deeply convicted. David is potentially in hiding while his son and thousands more seek to overthrow him.
While he is shut up somewhere in obscurity, those who are against him are down enjoying the plenty of harvest. While he has little, they enjoy much. Yet in all their indulgence, David has more joy in his ordinary.
I’m deeply convicted because those who live for this world find (momentary) enjoyment in their indulgences. Imagine the thrill of spending a day, buying whatever you want. Yet we are supposed to find more joy in our emails, voicemails, meetings, diaper changes, cleaning, and errands than the best day anyone in this world could have.
I believe joy is the beginning for you today. Wherever you might be and whatever you might be up against, find joy. Have the maturity to seek joy in the ordinary and difficult, and believe that God hears you and will make room for you. God bl