(in the past) You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1b

Humbly lay your request before a loving God. Yet, presume not that all things unfold in the future as they have been manifested in the past.

How long, O men, will you turn My glory into shame? Psalm 4:2a

Abuse not grace for God’s mercy will stretch only to a point of futility.

How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah Psalm 4:2b
.examine yourself. What's going on right now? What stage are you at in the process of fooling yourself? What are the little steps that have taken place, the tiny compromises, and the apparently insignificant self-indulgences? Steve Zeisler

Know (perceive and realize) that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him. Psalm 4:3
Faith in a prayer-hearing God will make a prayer-loving Christian. Andrew Murray

Be angry, and do not sin. Psalm 4:4a
Recognize and acknowledge anger for denial allows it to fester, thereby subjugating thoughts and actions to its clandestine encumbrance and sway upon the soul.