The Righteous One’s Thoughts of God and of Man while going up to the Morning Sacrifice
If Psalm 4 is an evening hymn, then this is a morning song. David awakes with a song on his lips. He faces the day with all its enemies, and asks God for leading and guidance.
In v. 3 the words, “My prayer”, are an insertion by the translators, and if left out there is a description of David’s spiritual method. The word, “direct,” means to order or arrange – and “look up” means to watch. More often than not, we arrange and then pray. But David prays first, and then arranges the day that was before him. He then watches either for God’s help or that he is walking circumspectly. So we should pray, then arrange, and then watch.