We turn out
thoughts of study again this week to Psalm 28:3-5 which says,
“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. 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. Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the
operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.”
this was written in the days when Absalom raised up to steal the
kingdom from David his Dad. Much of this Psalm is a prayer. What
better response to the evil deeds of others than to pray. This
part of the Psalm is an ‘imprecatory’ prayer. The word means
to pray the judgment of God upon your enemies.
In verse 5
David mentions a ‘Companionship’. In this consoling request
he asks not to be left with a particular group of people. He asks
not to be ‘drawn away’ with these people. The phrase
indicates ‘Lord, don’t let me suffer their punishment’. This
group would be awful companions for eternity. One group David calls
the ‘wicked’. (Those who have no rest) They are like the
tumbled sea. B.R. Lakin told a dear friend of mine one day, ‘Preacher,
aren’t you glad God made a hell for those who want to go there?’
David used the word ‘workers of iniquity’ to describe one
group. This speaks of those who have no rules. I do not want to be
a legalist, but neither do I want to be without absolutes, with some
rights and some wrongs. Then he uses the word ‘mischief’ to
describe a group. This means a people with no restraints. Lord,
don’t let me go to hell with a people who have no rest, rules, or
restraints, neither let them join us in heaven. They would be like
a fish living out of water in that heavenly world.
In verse 4 we
have the judgment prayed by David upon his enemies. We call this a
prayer of ‘Condemnation’. God in His judgment is known for
giving the like kind of judgment to man that man has meted out to
David prays for
this judgment to ‘fall upon his enemies’. The Egyptian
killed the male child of Israel and God killed the firstborn of
Egypt. Sisera sought to kill Israel with iron chariots and God
killed him with an iron nail through his head. Saul slew the
Gibeonites and seven of Saul’s sons were hung by the Gibeonites.
Daniel’s accusers were thrown in the lion’s den made for Daniel.
Haman was hung on the gallow he designed for Mordecai. In secular
history we find others who were given like judgments as they meted
out to others. Alexander VI was poisoned by the wine he prepared
for another. Charles IX made Paris run with the blood of God’s
people and he bled to death with a disease where he bled from every
opening even his pores. Cardinal Benton condemned and hung the
great Christian George Wishart. The Cardinal was killed by a violent
death and hung out the window from which he watched the hanging of
George Wishart. Let us be careful in our judging of others less God
turn and mete out to us the same judgment.
In verse 6 we
find in the prayer a ‘Consideration’. Oh, how many never see
God at work in their world. They refuse to give him any glory.
They see not the operation of His hands. They see not His
providence and arrangements of all things. How our God works in
providence, ruling, and over ruling by manifesting His obvious
presence in human history. David asks God to ‘destroy’ them.
(To render as nothing) He asks God not to let them be ‘established’.
Oh, if God moves across our land in the last days to remove those
who do not acknowledge His providence of handy work in this world,
who shall be left standing?