“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 28, “Unto Thee Will I Cry, O Lord, My Rock,” cont’d, A Psalm of David

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“I Am,” Nicole C. Mullen 

Psalm 28, A Psalm of lament, is attributed to David.  The Psalm Includes A Prayer against David’s enemies and a royal invocation (the act or process of petitioning for help or support) of Praise To The Lord. 

“Unto Thee Will I Cry, O Lord, My Rock,” cont’d, Psalm 28:6) 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. Psalm 18:2.  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.  Amen.  

Nelson’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6, 7, Because the plea of the Psalmist has been heard, the last section of the poem is a Hymn of Praise (138:1).  v8, 9, The Term His Anointed Acknowledges God’s Covenant With David, His Promise That He Would Be David’s God and David would be His Representative.  This passage became a heritage of the monarchy, a Treasure for each godly king in the Davidic line to go back to for Strength and Encouragement.  Shepherd them:  As in Psalms 23 and 80, The Comparison Of God with a shepherd is an Image Of The Loving Care Of A Great King (Ecclesiastes 12:11).

Quest Study Bible – v58:6-8, “Is it right to pray for revenge?”   Several Psalms call Upon God To Take Revenge On The Enemy.  Yet Jesus Taught That We Should Love Our Enemies (Matthew 5:44).  And the Apostle Paul wrote, Do not take revenge, my friends, But Leave Room For God’s Wrath … (Romans 12:19).  How, then, do we interpret Psalms that call a curse on the enemy?  Several points help to put this question into perspective:  (1) Cursing the wicked was, for Old Testament Saints, more a Plea For God’s Justice than a cry for personal revenge.  Their reasoning:  sinners tarnish God’s Honor when they cause the innocent to suffer.  The writers of the Psalms could not tolerate the Idea of God Standing By, Permitting These Wrongs To Go On Unpunished.  They begged for His Justice and His Wrath To be Carried Out.  (2) Though David asked God To Show No Mercy to the wicked (59:5, for example), he himself showed Mercy several times when he could have taken revenge on the guilty:  to Saul (1 Samuel 24:8-13; 26:8-11), to Shimei (2 Samuel 16:5-13) and to Absolom (2 Samuel 18:5).  In those cases, David left the Judgment of sinners In The Hands Of God, The Judge Of The Earth (94:2).  (3) The writers of the Psalms, though they had the benefit of Old Testament Law, had not experienced The New Dimensions That Were Given Through Christ.  It’s hardly fair to expect Old Testament people to act “Christian” Before Christ Ever Came.  No, We Should NOT Pray For Revenge.  Like the Psalmists, We Must Trust God To Right The Wrongs Of This World.  And With Christ’s Help, We Can Love And Pray For Those Who Mistreat Us.  Amen.

Quest Study Bible – v8, “Anointed One,” See “Anointed One,” (2:2).  Psalm 2:2, (3)) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, Against The Lord, And Against His Anointed, Saying,  Psalm 45:7; John 1:41.  3) Let us break Their Bands Asunder, and Cast Away Their Cords From Us.  Luke 19:14.  v2, Messiah comes from the Hebrew word for Anointed.  When the Israelites read This, they thought of their king.  But The Early Followers Of Jesus Recognized These Words As A Foreshadowing Of The Son Of God.  See NIV text note at Matthew 1:17.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-9, 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.  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 Only There, 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 Forever From The Dust, O THOU, WHO ART THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!  Amen.  

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