1 Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people ruin my reputation?
How long will you make groundless accusations?
How long will you continue your lies?
3 You can be sure of this:
The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
The Lord will answer when I call to him.
4 Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent.
5 Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
and trust the Lord.
6 Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
Let your face smile on us, Lord.
7 You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
What a wonderful Psalm of Orientation. The Psalms of Orientation do just that–they orient me to focus on God–they point me to God. My request is the same as David’s request–”free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”
But now David goes beyond just the request. He gives us assurance. He says in verse 3, “You can be sure of this.” I can be sure because God has set me apart as part of the godly and he did this for his benefit. Therefore, he will answer when I call out to him! The psalm ends with a promise for all those who have trouble sleeping. David says, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” A great promise for us all!