Short Meditations in Psalms: 4.6 Stand against unbelief
Psa 4:6 Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.
David has revealed to us the sort of people around him with whom he has to contend, those who “love delusions and seek false gods,” (v.2) people who have drifted away from the Lord to superstitious beliefs and even idol worship; it happened again and again in Israel’s history. It happened long before David’s time, it happened many times after David and it obviously was happening during his time. Countering deception and untruths is a regular part of life as the enemy seeks the lead people astray.
After having made the contrast between these people and those who are godly, he had given two words of encouragement to the godly as to how to maintain their godliness in the face of these people. Now he returns to these people who constantly spread disheartening and faith-diminishing grumbles. In a day when Israel were still surrounded by hostile nations that David had obviously not yet subdued (although he did later – see 2 Sam 8:11-14, 1 Chron 18:6,13), David was aware that, “Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?”
How different that was from David’s own previous testimony: “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Sam 17:37) and the testimony that would come many years later from the Queen of Sheba: “Praise be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the LORD’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness.” (1 Kings 10:9). Both testimonies with sharp clarity said, “GOD is the provider of this nation!”
That was the truth that comes through these two testimonies and many more in the Bible but when you have drifted away from the Lord you lose that sense, you lose that truth and you are left wondering and grumbling and when we are wondering and grumbling we are impotent and faithless, and that is exactly what the enemy wants for us.
What is the answer? The answer is to call upon the Lord, and that is exactly what David does: “Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.” What is he asking? He is asking for the Lord to draw near and let His presence be felt in the nation. In the Exodus the Lord’s presence was seen in a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire – mystery and power. Today we need exactly the same, we need the Lord to make His presence known in our midst, with mystery and power for only then will the church feel strong and the world will stop sneering. Lord, please come and have mercy on us, make your Presence known in our midst.