We turn our
thoughts this week to Psalm 28 verses 6-9 which says,
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 rejoiceth; and with my song
will I praise him. 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.
Let us remember
that this Psalm was probably written in the days when Absalom had
stolen the kingship from David his Dad. David has moved in this
Psalm from a desire to be heard in his prayer of verses 1-2 to
praying judgment on his enemies in verses 3-5.
In the verses
before us this week David begins to praise the LORD. They who pray
well will soon praise well. Prayer and praise should be the
ultimate moves of our soul. Prayer should lead us to praise and
praise should lead us to prayer.
David is praising
the LORD here for answered prayer. (
because he hath heard
Oh, how often we fail to acknowledge God publicly when He answers
our prayer. It is a very dangerous thing. It would be such great
encouragement and strength and remind us that we ought always to
pray and not faint.
How often when we
are waiting on answers to prayer should we pass the time in praise.
We see in verses 6-8 what is involved in praise. How often praise
is just meditating upon who and what God is to us. David begins to
ponder the fact that the LORD is my strength. O how
trouble weakens us but when we meditate upon Him He infuses our
weaknesses with His strength.
David speaks to
us of his faith and dependency on the LORD when he said, my
heart trusted in him, The word trust has the idea of
resting all the being upon another. What is to be gained by such
trust? David said,
I am helped: Faith always comes before
help. Let us be assured when we rest all of our being upon our
LORD, help is not far off. This faith and help caused David to
break out in great rejoicing with songs of praise. Let me mention a
couple of word studies from our text that I believe will help us in
our public prayers of praise.
The word rejoiceth
in verse 7 means to jump with joy. Let us not think this is
something David is doing inwardly but more than likely this is
outward. It is not a show of flesh but the overwhelming presence of
God. The word praise in verse 7 means to revere or worship
with hands extended upward or by the wringing of the hands with
words of thanks or just with moans of deep contrition. These acts
of rejoicing praise must be provoked by the overwhelming presence of
a holy God. In verses 8 and 9 David moves from telling us that the
LORD is his strength to reminding us that He is the same to all His
people. In verse 8 we are told the same God who helped David so
many years ago sill lives today and desires to be a present help in
my time of need. Oh, let me not do less than to tell it publicly
and rejoice in praise to Him. We are told in verse 8b how He could
help David as well as us. We are told He was the strength for
His anointed. The word anointed is the word for
Christ or the Messiah. The help given or infused to His son was but
a channel to us His people. He is the conduit that mediates
strength and help from the Father to us His people.
David in verse 9
prays not only for the people of God in his day but for us the
people of God who live today. He asks the LORD to save us
(succour in all things or satisfy) to bless us (be peace,
plenty, prosperity to), to feed us (to shepherd and direct
in all our ways), and to lift us (carry us in His arms both
now and forever more). May Davids prayer be answered in our lives
and may we praise our LORD as we wait in anticipation for a visible