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

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