search your hearts and be silent. Selah
Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD.” Ps 4: 4-5 (NIV)
“In your anger do not sin. . . “ How many times have we done something silly or even stupid when we were angry at another person? A friend’s husband speaks of being angry at situations or processes in his work that don’t do as they should. Like all of us, when he reacts to the frustration, he usually has to ‘pay for it’. I have to admit; I have reacted to things and caused bigger problems. If I had just prayed about the hurt and the need I would have not felt guilty about the added work or expense we had.
” . . . search your hearts and be silent. . . “ When we follow the Lord, He allows us time to look into our hearts and see what we have in there-sometimes, what we see may not be very attractive. God provides a remedy for those horrible images- He tells us to not speak. What he implies is that we listen to what He has to tell us. Have you ever heard of the concept that we “are given two ears and one mouth? We should use them in that proportion.”
”. . . Selah. . . “ Think about what you just read. The musicians of the Temple placed these ‘stop signs’ in the hymns for the congregation to ponder the words they had just sung.
”. . . Offer right sacrifices. . . “ In our 21th Century world what is the right sacrifice for God? Is it our time? Is it our talent? Is it our treasures? Is it our trust? Is it our telling? Or do our sacrifices encompass all four of these? We hear of parent’s sacrificing for their children. We hear of one spouse sacrificing for the other during pursuit of educational goals or times of illness and distress.” . . . and trust in the LORD.” Without our trusting in God and in others, what would our world look like? We wouldn’t be able to confide our feelings with friends. People wouldn’t feel comfortable asking for help from another other persons. If we didn’t have faith in our doctors, we wouldn’t trust them to tend to our ailments.