"You have put gladness in my heart..." (Ps. 4:7)
Psalm 4 is a prayer for help. There are those who wish ill of the writer. It is a frightening time, filled with insecurity. Yet, the psalmist has the faith to trust in God's ability to set things right. Amidst the pain and unfairness, the writer tells us to "be silent" which is better translated, "be quieted." In other words, the faithful are advised to keep their composure and peace of mind, even when one feels totally out of control.
We are called to entrust our lives to God, because God alone is our ultimate security. When I was twenty-one, I have major surgery and worried that I might never walk again. There were many faithful friends who prayed with, and for, me. They reminded me what I already knew in my heart. Difficult things will happen in this imperfect world, but God does not abandon us in our hour of need. Read Psalm 4, thinking of a difficult time in your life. Then say a prayer of thankfulness for the ways God "heard when you called to him" in the past. Then conclude your prayer by telling God that you will continue to place your trust in God's divine care. Your prayer will bring "gladness to your heart!"