To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1 (KJV)
As Christians we know that the Lord hears and answers our prayer. David also had the assurance that the God of his righteousness would, shama`, hear with attention or interest, understand the language of his heart and give heed to and consent to his request.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 1 John 5:14 (KJV)
The Psalmists’ experience during great distress, tsar, of narrow straits, attacks of adversaries, foes, enemies and oppressors that were as painful, worrisome and wearisome as a hard pebble in his shoe, had taught him that he would be developed in character.
This word, enlarged, rachab, teaches us that as we look to God in our distress we will develop a wider (broader) perspective that will cause us to come out of the restrictions and hindrances caused by our enemies and bring us into broad or roomy pastures (one translation calls them “a large room”).
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom). 2 Corinthians 3:17 (AMP)
As believers we have first hand knowledge of being emancipated from all bondage. Our liberty in Christ allows us to “walk through the valley of death” and fear no evil (Psa. 23:4). We are not moved by our situation or circumstance. We are not controlled by what we see.
Our confidence is the God of our righteousness and that He will always hear and answer no matter how bleak and hopeless things appear to be.
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