Psalm 4:7,8 touches on one of our greatest needs. Security. In Verse 7 the psalmist compares his gladness to that of those who are made glad when their grain and wine increase. The security of such people is in external circumstances, be it money in the bank, cars in the garage or good relationships. There is nothing wrong with any of those things, but when they are our ultimate source of security, joy and happiness, we’re in a precarious, vulnerable position.
Verse 7 says, speaking of God, “You have put gladness in my heart”, and verse 8 “You alone O Lord make me dwell in safety”.
The Psalmist’s ultimate source of gladness and security was God and his relationship with God, and until that is true for us, we will be vulnerable, only having joy and feeling secure when circumstances are what we want them to be.
Security ultimately lies in a person, in a relationship with God, not in any circumstance. If our security comes from Him, then like Paul we’ll know the reality of Phil 4:12:
12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Like the Psalmist, Paul’s security was in a person, in his relationship with God, the source of true security.