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1 (A Psalm of David.) 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.

2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.

4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.

5 Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

6 Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.

7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

Commentary for Psalms 28

A prayer in distress. (1-5) Thanksgiving for deliverance. (6-9)

1-5 David is very earnest in prayer. Observe his faith in prayer; God is my rock, on whom I build my hope. Believers should not rest till they have received some token that their prayers are heard. He prays that he may not be numbered with the wicked. Save me from being entangled in the snares they have laid for me. Save me from being infected with their sins, and from doing as they do. Lord, never leave me to use such arts of deceit and treachery for my safety, as they use for my ruin. Believers dread the way of sinners; the best are sensible of the danger they are in of being drawn aside: we should all pray earnestly to God for his grace to keep us. Those who are careful not to partake with sinners in their sins, have reason to hope that they shall not receive their plagues. He speaks of the just judgments of the Lord on the workers of iniquity, ver. #4|. This is not the language of passion or revenge. It is a prophecy that there will certainly come a day, when God will punish every man who persists in his evil deeds. Sinners shall be reckoned with, not only for the mischief they have done, but for the mischief they designed, and did what they could to effect. Disregard of the works of the Lord, is the cause of the sin of sinners, and becomes the cause of their ruin.

6-9 Has God heard our supplications? Let us then bless his name. The Lord is my strength, to support me, and carry me on through all my services and sufferings. The heart that truly believes, shall in due time greatly rejoice: we are to expect joy and peace in believing. God shall have the praise of it: thus must we express our gratitude. The saints rejoice in others' comfort as well as their own: we have the less benefit from the light of the sun, nor from the light of God's countenance, for others' sharing therein. The psalmist concludes with a short, but comprehensive prayer. God's people are his inheritance, and precious in his eyes. He prays that God would save them; that he would bless them with all good, especially the plenty of his ordinances, which are food to the soul. And direct their actions and overrule their affairs for good. Also, lift them up for ever; not only those of that age, but his people in every age to come; lift them up as high as heaven. There, and there only, will saints be lifted up for ever, never more to sink, or be depressed. Save us, Lord Jesus, from our sins; bless us, thou Son of Abraham, with the blessing of righteousness; feed us, thou good Shepherd of the sheep, and lift us up for ever from the dust, O thou, who art the Resurrection and the Life.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 28

  • Irene123
    V. 2 - ".....when I lift up my hands ....."; We do this and during every service, at least once, I can feel the very slightest 'pressure' on my palms, especially when everyone is feeling His presence and praising Him. He wants us to be in 'unity' in our worship of Him, to have no divisions nor angers among us, to LOVE one another in the beauty of His Holiness.
  • AhuwaChiamaka
    God is greatest Judge we have on earth,He upholds His people in times of trouble
  • Teresa
    His presence, power and love,with the 'fear of the Lord'-safe in Him. But first we must be born into His kingdom, not by church tradition, but by being doers of the word. By 'water and spirit'- which is the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord
    "Repent(death) and be baptized(burial) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and gift of Holy Ghost(resurrection)"
  • Florence
    truly I can say that our Lord is alive and still loving us He does hear our prayers,and yes He
    does answer us.He wants us to be real and share His love with others.
  • ADESOLA MABEL

    HE IS GOING TO FIGHT ALL OUR BATTLES, TRUST AND PUT ALL YOUR HOPE IN HIM. THINK NO EVIL AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR SO THAT THEIR MANIPULATION SHALL BE SEND FORTH TO THEM ACCORDING TO THE DEEDS OF THEIR HEART AND HANDS. REJOICE
  • MockingBird
    The Lord is my Strength : His word is my Strength : His word is my Shield : My heart will Trust in His word : Therefore I am helped : The Lord needs something to work with to be able to help me : He and I working together : I must agree with Him : he will only agree with me when I am Trusting , acting on His word : and I am helped !!!

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In Psalm 28, the wicked speak cordially to whom, while having malice in their hearts?
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