Awakening to trust God
Psalm 4 (NRSVA)
1 Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
You gave me room when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.
2 How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?Selah
3 But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
4 When you are disturbed, do not sin;
ponder it on your beds, and be silent.Selah
5 Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.
6 There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!’
7 You have put gladness in my heart
more than when their grain and wine abound.
8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
How am I to be in community with God?
If God is three and I am one then that makes four.
Four is enough to be the beginning of a community but the Trinity are still, well, God, and I am still just me.
As the psalmist in today’s reading is realising, prayer can be the key to bridging that almighty gap.
Prayer is not just ‘asking for’ but it is a back and forth communication between the Trinity and me. A conversation spanning a lifetime and beyond, which is conducted only partly in words.
Dear God, all three of you,
Hear my prayer
Watch my walk
Feel my heartbeat
Smell my fear
Hold my life in your hands