Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it over night and remain silent. Psalm 4:4
As a fan of the San Fransisco 49’ers, I am a part of a select group of fans. This group is unique in may ways, but the thing that makes it distinct is it’s name. The fanbase of the 49’ers are commonly referred to as “The Faithful.” This group of fans will follow the team wherever they go, whatever the weather, regardless of the record. There is an allegiance through good times and bad times. There is no switching to other teams, their loyalty is unquestioned. Although the team’s record as of late has not been the best and some fans have been angered, they still trust and believe that things will turn around. They are “The Faithful.” In Psalm 4, David is calling on “The Faithful.” At the recording of Psalm 4, God’s people were experiencing some tough times. After a series of poor harvests, the people were getting angry with God. Their anger was causing some to turn on God and to worship idols of fertility. David was calling on them to not be “band wagon believers.” Many believers will be with God when the team is winning, but winning is not the time to count faithfulness. Can you count it all joy, when you are being counted out? David warns them of not letting their anger at the situation cause them to sin against God. To not let it separate them from God. In Ephesians 4:26, Paul instructs “Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” The enemy lives in oﬀenses. He resides in slights. He makes his home in wrongs. The longer you deal with that anger, the longer you are in the presence of the enemy. The longer you are in his presence, the louder his voice becomes. God is calling on those who are faithful because He was faithful to you when your record wasn’t the best. God is calling for those who will follow Him faithfully even through the rain. Don’t let anger cause you to switch teams or allegiances. God is calling on “The Faithful.” I hope you answer the call this week!
Be blessed and be encouraged!