Dr. Ronnie Wolfe -- Psalm 4:1
When doing my daily reading this morning, I was starting my reading in
the book of Psalms; and, when I came upon this verse, it struck me hard.
Thoughts of wonder went through my mind.
I thought, "Why should
God hear me when I call?" My heart sank low as I thought about my own
sinfulness despite the fact that I put forth my best endeavor to be
right with God in both my thoughts and my doings.
Why would God
answer the call of a man who has sinned so against him? How can a man
bring himself to call upon such a holy God? We have no power to
comprehend the transcendence of God much less his immanence, his
Providence among his creatures. How can I rise above my daily earthly
shortcomings in order to make even the least request to such a glorious
and perfect God?
The answer is in his love and grace toward his
people. He has loved his people with an everlasting love, and he has
given commandment for us to call out to him. He is always ready to
answer those who come to him without regarding sin in the heart and who
truly desire to repent of their daily sins and to grow in grace and
It is because of God's great mercy that we are able to
bow our heads in strong humility, submitting to his righteousness
and his will. We can by no means approach God on legal grounds except
for the fact that Jesus is both the Sacrifice for our sins and also our
Advocate (lawyer) in heaven where he perpetually intercedes for
believers to his Father and our Father.
The verse goes on to say
"thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress." Oh, the distress that
comes when I feel the weight of sin upon my back, hesitating to pray to
God because of those dirty, filthy thoughts that course through my mind
at times, those horrible thoughts of doubt, superstition, and even
hatred and jealousy! How can I approach him? What will he say. I feel as
Job did when he approached God. How can I give answer to God.
Psalms 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. THAT IS THE REASON!