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

  • Sophia Hobbs on Psalms 28
    David was being pursued by Saul because God ordained David to be king and Saul became jealous and angry and set out to take David's life. David had lots of opportunities to kill Saul but he wouldn't because he said Saul was anointed. God doesn't want us to avenge wrongs done to us. He wants us to rely solely on Him. David wanted Saul to be punished for his evil and wicked endeavors.
  • Jason bertam on Psalms 28
    god is real I believe god is my shelter and my shield
  • Edifyoneanother - in Reply on Psalms 28
    There are many gods however, our heavenly Fatther is GOD, our Savior Jesus, It is important to give GOD His glory by distinguishing His name with a capital "G" for He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He has all power in His hands. Without Him nothing is made. Let's put Him in His proper place and let all men which god you serve -- The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
  • Brechel sheger on Psalms 28
    hello am new and Jason is my brother god is my shelter and my strength
  • Foxy what does it have to do with this on Psalms 28
    it is the cross that Jesus that died for us. he die he shed his blood for us. He guide us thrugh trouble. he keep us from sin
  • Betty Hoffmeyer on Psalms 28
    I feel safe and closer to the Lord, my Salvation
  • Mavis on Psalms 28
    Vrs 8, God is our strenght to do everthing
  • BSP on Psalms 28
    Verse 7~Jehovah God will support us if we look to him for guidance and do his will. He is the source of true courage.
  • Jason bertam - in Reply on Psalms 28
    god is my shelter and my strength
  • Mild Bill,saved by grace on Psalms 28
    "My sheep hear my voice",so we find ourselves reading his word,unlike others headed to the pit.We are in preparation for eternity with him and praise him for his evident works and operations.He strengthens and shields us as we walk in the world held by his enemy.We have cause for a song from our hearts.We may feel alone,but are among his anointed,who have a sure inheritance.God saves by his grace.


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