These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Psalm 4: Dealing with Anger

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Psalms.

Anger is an emotion common to all people. Anger in itself is not sin. It is simply an emotion, a God-given part of life as a human being. It's a natural reaction to threats or injuries; yet anger is all too often expressed in ways that spread the harm around. The Old Testament is full of references to God's righteous anger or indignation against sin, and this emotional aspect of God's character also appears in the New Testament through Christ. How can we learn to "be angry, but sin not"?

Warming Up to God

How do you generally respond when you are angry? (For example, do you talk about it or do you keep it to yourself?)

Read Psalm 4

Discovering the Word

  • What is David angry about (v. 2)?
  • How does David deal with his anger (vv. 1, 3)?
  • In verse 4 David suggests that we can be angry and not sin. How do you think that could be possible?
  • What do you think David means by the phrase "search your hearts and be silent" (v. 4)?

Applying the Word

  • How can reflecting on angry feelings be a healthy way of dealing with anger?
  • How can knowing the joy of the Lord (vv. 6-7) help you deal with anger?

Responding in Prayer

Talk to God about any anger you are dealing with right now. Ask him to help you express it directly and not hold it in.

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Edited by Tremper Longman III and Peter Enns

Tremper Longman III and Peter E. Enns edit this collection of 148 articles by over 90 contributors on Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther.