Psalm 28

Psalm 28 has David again crying out to God and praising Him for hearing his plea.  David calls out three different kinds of hearts in this Psalm:

  1. The evil heart
  2. The trusting heart
  3. The praising heart

God is interested in our heart.  Actions matter, obedience is important, but the core of who we are is defined by our heart.  David shows us that his heart is set upon God.  He trusts God to be his rock.

We see that designation for God over and over in scripture.  Being a rock shows us that God is stable and secure – He’s not moving and changing in ways we cannot stand firm upon.  He is our foundation, our strength and our stability.  And David cries out to God asking God not to be silent in the midst of his struggles.  David’s faith drives him to want to be pulled up close to God, not someone who slides further and further away from God because of circumstances in life.  “O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit”.

David realizes that we will be rewarded according to our heart and the deeds of our hands – our response to obedience if you will.  “Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward”.  He calls out why those who choose not to walk with God will be punished:

  1. “do not regard the works of the Lord
  2. The evil of their deeds
  3. The work of their hands”

It isn’t that God hands out his judgment, but rather His judgment is based on His holiness and requires the wicked to be held accountable.  We all will stand before God and account for what we have done and how we have lived.  The central question of that for us today will be what we have done with Jesus.

David knows that God is there and listening, even when he can’t seem to hear Him.  “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him”.  Note that David makes this very personal with ‘my’ – there is a one to one relationship here.  David has a heart that complete trusts God, and as a result, that heart also becomes one that praises God for His faithfulness causing him to break out into song.  He ends asking God to do four things for His people:

  • save
  • bless
  • shepherd
  • carry

The prayer expands to much more than David’s plea for himself.  He asks God to care for all His people.  He knows God hears and will answer.  “Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever”.

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