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When You are Disturbed.

Updated on June 7, 2010

Yes! I am Disturbed!

Okay, how about when I am angry???


That was my challenging question. How surprised I was at the answer that came my way. While reading my daily Bible devotion, in the New Revised Standard Bible, (I attempt to read the Bible through every year and hopefully out of a different translation each time) I came upon Psalm 4:4. And it stopped me cold. Hey! I thought that is supposed to be the word anger…but as I continued to look further, following the Spirit as He taught me I was genuinely surprised at the outcome. Let me share my journey with you if you please.

Scripture Basis

Psalm 4:4 (NRS)

“When you are disturbed, do not sin;

ponder it on your beds, and be silent.”

Psalm 37:8 (NKJ)

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;

do not fret – it only causes harm.”

Psalm 37:7-9 (NRS)

“Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;

do not fret

over those who prosper in their way,

over those who carry out evil devices.

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.

Do not fret – it leads only to evil.

For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who

wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.”

Wait for The Lord
Wait for The Lord

Only God has the wisdom.

Ponder it;

Don’t fret over it,

Be silent!

Wait for the Lord.

These are the things that is necessary for us to do. Only God has the objectivity and the patience to deal with the issue.

Be silent.

Do not speak about the disturbance.

Fretting, speaking, wrathfulness, leads to evil, always. Transfer the whole issue to God. He, alone, has the wherewithal to deal with the issue. This is so hard in a culture that continually pushes us to demand our rights. A culture that encourages “speaking out” about what irritates us or makes us angry, about what disturbs us. However, the Psalmist warns, it only causes harm; it leads only to evil.

A Sacrifice of Praise and Thanksgiving
A Sacrifice of Praise and Thanksgiving

If indeed we need to speak out about anything , Psalm 4: 5 (NRS)  gives further instructions:


 “Offer right sacrifices…”


After pondering on the disturbance/s, offer right sacrifices…correct ones,

The right sacrifices of:


-          praise (Hebrews 13:1)

-          thanksgiving (Psalm100:4; Psalm 95:2)

-          thank-offerings (Psalm Ps. 50:14)

-          your bodies as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1)


Remember the old chorus:


We bring the sacrifice of praise, into the house of the Lord.

We bring the sacrifice of praise, into the house of the Lord.

And we offer unto You, the sacrifice of Thanksgiving.

And we offer unto You, the sacrifices of praise.


The psalmist continues in Psalm 4:5, “…ANDput your trust in the Lord.”


We need both; to offer right sacrifices from our hearts and mouth and trust in God. One requires the other. I need to trust God to be able to give Him my disturbance and then offer the sacrifice of praise that is His due. In other words: “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7)

Silence goes a long ways in trust. If I trust God to deal with the given situation, if I have given it over to Him…I will be silent. There is nothing left to say or talk about…it is not my situation anymore…it is the Lords. I do not have to give further clarification or instruction, God knows. I can take refuge in Him, and be content, happy and blessed. I need only be still

Be Still...

Peace Be Still

Fog on the St. Clair River, Ontario
Fog on the St. Clair River, Ontario

Psalm 46:10 (NRS)


Be still, and know that

I am God!

I am exalted among the nations

I am exalted in the earth.



When given over to God, whatever the situation, whatever the disturbance—God is exalted! There is no hesitation or unsurety in the above verse. The psalmist confidently declares regarding God: I am God, I am exalted! God just IS exalted. He has no need to wait on persons to exalt Him—He already is.

So…when you are disturbed (angry), recognize it, and do not sin. Ponder yes…but be silent. Let God handle it. No matter what the situation and/or pressure. Let it be, let it go, and let God handle it.


Psalm 5:1-3 (NRS) brings the next step in dealing with disturbances. First the psalmist gives similar instructions regarding going to God, the Lord:


“Give ear to my words, O Lord, give heed to my sighing.

Listen to the sound of my cry. (the psalmist is disturbed)

My King and my God, for to You I pray.

Oh Lord, in the morning (the psalmist has pondered this on his bed)

You hear my voice: in the morning

I plead my case to You, (the psalmist has gone to God, and transferred it all to Him)

And watch.”


Now it is the moment to watch, to stand still and see the salvation of our God. At the Red Sea when the Israelites were caught in what looked like an inescapable trap, they were more than a little disturbed…this is what the Lord said to them…

Exodus 14:13-14 (NRS)


“Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today…the Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.”

Always, our reactions come first and foremost out of our fear…yes, even our anger…if we had ability to stop and examine why we are anger, it will almost always have a fear of some sort at its root but God tells us all that is needed is…to keep still, be silent, do not be afraid but trusting the Lord God, stand firm in your situation—stand firm under the protective wing of our God—and WATCH—watch and rejoice as you see the deliverance that the Lord WILL accomplish for you today…

In the letter to the believers in the city of Corinth, who were undergoing all manner of disturbances, Paul declares…

2Corinthians 6:1-2 (NRS)

“As we work together with [God], we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain for [God] says,

“At an acceptable time I HAVE listened to you,

And on A day of salvation I HAVE helped you.”

See, NOW is the acceptable time;

See, NOW is the day of salvation.

We sometimes think that salvation is a once in a lifetime thing…and in some respects it certainly is. When Jesus comes into our hearts, our lives, He is there to stay. Jesus promised He would never leave us nor forsake us and He doesn’t. Our eternal salvation is secured in the holy blood of Jesus. That is indeed a once in a life time thing. We are forgiven and brought into fellowship with our heavenly Father, God. But there is a daily salvation that is continuous.

In the Funk & Wagnalls Practical Dictionary, they give us this definition:

Salvation: noun 1. The process or state of being saved; preservation from impending evil. 2. In theology, deliverance from sin and penalty, realized in a future state; redemption.

The second definition Funk & Wagnalls puts forward is what has happened to all believers when they put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to make them right with God. The first definition is what I believe Paul is talking about to the Corinthians and us. Notice the words of continuation in the first definition, process and being. It’s not a finished thing. In the same fashion God’s grace has a continuing aspect…God Himself said, “on A day of salvation…” meaning there is more than one day of salvation. He saves us continually from ourselves as well as circumstances and disturbances that would surround us.

God says, “I HAVE listened to you…” He has heard and will hear when we cry out to Him in the night seasons or day…when we ponder the disturbance on our beds and turn things over to Him, no matter how often we have to do it. And it is at this point Paul encourages us…

See, NOW is the acceptable time;

See, NOW is the day of salvation.

Don’t wait for a more acceptable time to go to God with your disturbances, go now. Now is the acceptable time. Ponder it silently on your bed, then turn it over to God. God will and has listened to you. How do we know? Because we have our eternal salvation. Because He sent Jesus as our Savior. He has indeed already listened to us. So each and everyday is the day of salvation from whatever disturbs us. Praise God.


Praise God!


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    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Canada

      Oh yes...we do need to be silent when angry but after we have given it over to God. I sometimes am silent but am composting my anger, or fear, or what ever it is that disturbes me. God doen't want me to be composting but giving it over for Him to deal with. He is so gracious and good. Thanks for your comments M. Twin...blessings to you this very day...Love Ulrike Grace

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      Linda Rogers 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      What an uplifting and inspirational hub to end my day. God just wants us to talk to him and hand it over. Let Go and Let God. It makes sense to me that we need to be silent when angry and let God take our troubles. I am so glad you shared your insight into this scripture reading. I appreciate it:)

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you once again foor your kind words of encouragement Minnetonka Twin. The words of truth that are from God have the amzing ability to comfort at any time or place and I am glad God's word has found that place with you. Bless you girl...

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      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      It is so nice to know he is always there and that all we need to do is be silent. Let go and let God. Trust, Listen and he is always there. You have such a beautiful gift of writing. I feel so comforted reading your great hubs. Thanks

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Mystique1957, blessings to you...I believe you! After any amount of meditation on the absoluteness of God there can't help BUT be a lifting up...into the heavenly places of our Father in the Spirit! Blessings to you and thanks for "hopping" in!

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      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      "Be still, and know that I AM God"...This is the most powerful mantra I have ever used,UlrikeGrace, In ANY language! After 5 minutes of inner, devoted and conscious repetition, it literally lifts you from the ground! I am dead serious! This has been rated up, awesome and beautiful, dearest sister! Glad to have hopped it!

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,


    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      rls...thank you for all your encouragement. I so agree with you comments and I am glad that you have found this helpful and we need to put it all into constant pratice. Bless you my brother...

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Inge...I thought you might like is what I base my life stops the worrying :)...Love you too and miss you as well...say hi to Bill...Blessings to you

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Inge...I thought you might like is what I base my life stops the worrying :)...Love you too and miss you as well...say hi to Bill...Blessings to you

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Parrster, hello, I must say I have been missing all my friends on the hub Pages! I have needed this hub in these last weeks of travelling...and I stand well to read this often, it does bring peace to turn it all to God who is the only one big enough to carry it! Blessings and God's love and grace to you brother...

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Vladimir, thank you for stopping in and having a read. And yes, I have and use occasionally the amplified...curious, why do you call it a ladies Bible? Blessings to you

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      8 years ago

      This is an excellent message Ulrike Grace. It is a faith builder for me knowing that my keeping and the meeting of all my needs is accomplished totally by God almighty and no effort is required on my part to accomplish His good purpose in me. No doubt as He guides, I will have service and obedience choices to make but even in those, God's grace is sufficient for us. Blessings to you Ulrike Grace. Keep up the strong Scripture based messages.

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      8 years ago

      Wow, Ulrike ~ does that ever put it in perspective. That is truly something to live by. Missing you already. Love you

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      Richard Parr 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Great to have you back UlrikeGrace. Brilliant hub. To give our anxieties and anger over to God in trust is an ingredient to our peace of mind and his greater glory.

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Awesome. I like this: Psalm 4:4 (NRS)

      “When you are disturbed, do not sin;

      ponder it on your beds, and be silent.”

      Are you tried Amplified Bible? It is lady's Bible.


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