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Psalms 4:4



4 Stand in awe, [ragaz] and sin [chata'] not: commune ['amar] with your own heart [lebab] upon your bed, [mishkab] and be still. [damam] Selah. [celah] KJV-Interlinear



4 Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. NASB



To tremble, ‘ragaz,’ means to fear, to tremble, to quiver and is taken from a feminine emotion of shaking with fear or trembling at the prospects of something known that is about to happen to them.


We have already seen that the Lord protects the spiritually mature believer. That anyone who stands against the mature believer, or stands against or in opposition to their own spiritual growth, is in fact an unprotected person.


When in battle, and this is a battle of life, then if you are unprotected, then your life and the circumstances of your life are exposed to whatever the world throws at you.


If unprotected, then you have no choices, no out, no way to escape the whims of the world, and those whims are many in nature and can boggle the mind.


Unfortunately far too many people do not stand in awe of anything, except maybe the pleasures of life. To many people take life for granted and see nothing beyond this life. Seeing only that which lay ahead of them at the moment, whether todays work or tomorrows plans.


No one stops to consider Gods plan for their life, Gods objective for their life, Gods will for their life. The mere thought of God seems so abstruse and unreal, not to mention His plan, that most folks don’t give it much thought in their life.


But awe, the type that makes you tremble with total and absolute fear, is where you need to be. Have you never heard that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Does that mean nothing?


If you are disturbed to the point of trembling, by something, then you give way to respect for it, and you take it seriously.


Look at the world around you. You can lose your health, your job, your home, your possessions. You can lose everything is a heartbeat, and the world will care nothing for you. You can be talented, wealthy, beautiful or whatever. You can be insured with the best of coverages. But what good are those in the face of a robber, a single hailstone, a bit of food to choke on, a slippery footing?


And on the other hand, there are all the things that God offers to the mature believer,  a charmed life, and protected life, and productive life, rewards beyond the imagination, things that boggle the mind as to be unimaginable. Can you lose them with little or no consideration?


And all it takes is a daily reading, a daily study, such as you are doing at this very moment, such that little by little, your spiritual life will take shape and grow as God molds and forms you into the completed vessel of His choosing.


Do not sin, means to discontinue pursuing your life in the worldly sense, and begin and continue living your life in fellowship, pursuing your spiritual life.


Life in fellowship is the foundation and environment of the spiritual life and that is where the spiritual life functions and develops. Anyone out of fellowship, which is nearly everyone, does not have a functioning spiritual life.


Sin in your life dictates your carnal state, and confession is the ticket to getting back into fellowship.


Upon your bed, and be still, means simply when you are inactive, or in a state of rest, then pause to reflect about your life, your goals, what you are doing and where you are heading. Is it in accordance with Gods will, or are you oblivious to what God wants and are you concentrating on what you want instead? Ponder and consider your daily study. Reflect and absorb and learn.


What is your perception about life, about after you leave this life? Do you even have a clue, or do you even care? Or, do you presume that you are going to be alright in life and after this life, even without any interaction with God?


Do these first four psalms have any impact on you and how you think?


Selah, means a pause, a timeout, a rest, but the music plays on.


This simply put, means that Gods plan continues right along without so much as a hiccup or skip, regardless of what you do or think. You can get on board with His plan, which is to your advantage, or you can continue along in the fog of life and lose.


What impresses you in life? What should you be impressed with in life? Will you change?



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