“Truth for Truckers” *February 28, 2014* Psalm 28 “Urgent Pleas to Hear from The LORD ”
‘Unto Thee will I cry O LORD my Rock, be not silent to me: lest if Thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.’ This Psalm of David begins with an urgent and intensive plea for God’s voice to be heard accompanied by the obvious consequence of not hearing from the LORD. He fully understood what would happen to him if the LORD did not speak to him providing him with His supernatural guidance and blessing.
His plea continues in (v.2) ‘Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto Thee, when I lift up my hands toward Thy holy oracle’ showing he not only wanted to hear the voice of the LORD but he also wanted the LORD to hear his cry when he worshipped, lifting up his hands ‘As the evening sacrifice’ (Psalm 141:2) directing his focus ‘Toward Thy holy oracle’ the heavenly sanctuary of God.
The third request he makes ‘Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbors, but mischief is in their heart’ calls upon the LORD’s power to keep him from falling in with the wrong type of people knowing that he must be separate from them in order to be blessed of God.
“Come out from among them and be ye separate.” (II Corinthians 6:17)
Then he turns his emphasis toward the wicked: ‘Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them, and not build them up’ and asks the LORD to bring His righteous judgment upon them for vengeance is the Lords, not ours.
In (v.6, 7) David praises the LORD for His answer: ‘Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise Him.’
His praise includes the acknowledgment of the LORD supplying David with his strength, protection, and through his faith he also receives help causing him to ‘Greatly rejoice’ and pledge to give the LORD praise through his singing. This sequence: The Cry for Audience, The Call for Judgment, and the The Chorus of Praise, is Davidic in pattern as he utilizes this sequence in the many of his Psalms.
In conclusion, he addresses the needs of God’s people: ‘The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed. Save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.’ (v.8, 9) He underlines the fact of the LORD being his strength, the people’s strength and the Lord’s anointed strength before he presents four requests for God’s people. He asks for their deliverance, and their physical and spiritual needs asking for blessing, sustenance, and eternal exaltation which refers to the salvation of the soul. His concern for those whom he ruled over is obvious as his focused intercession upon them here reveals.
David, who had a Pastor’s heart, trusted in the LORD to take care of him and his sheep/people knowing that the power of intercessory prayer was what brought it all together for God’s will to be accomplished for him and his people. David is the greatest King of Israel to date, as we await the Second Coming of the King of Glory, our Lord Jesus Christ, who will rule upon the Throne of David (Luke 1:32), His father, for a thousand years known as the Millennium when we too will reign with Him. (Revelation 20:6). What a glorious time that will be!!
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