April 9, 2019
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 9 April 2019
David likely composed Psalm 28 during a time of national crisis. The psalmist asked God for deliverance from evil people and praised God for answered prayer. The burden of Psalm 28 is the wicked, specifically that the righteous (i.e. the believer) would be kept from the unbeliever’s doom and that God would give them right and proper retribution for seeking to destroy his works.
David knew that God was his security and thus pleaded, “To You, O Lord, I call; My rock.” God’s silence would give the appearance that He was “deaf” unto David, and then he would “become like those who go down to the pit” (a metaphor for death). If the Lord did not answer David’s prayers, he reasoned that his life would not be any different from unbelievers who live and die never to experience God’s deliverance (v. 1). With uplifted hands symbolizing dependence upon God, the psalmist cried for the Lord’s presence, which he so desperately needed (v. 2).
David specifically petitioned God not to regard him as “the wicked.” “Those who work iniquity” deserved God’s retribution because “evil is in their hearts” (v. 3). Pleading for God’s justice, David petitioned God to “requite them according to their work and according to the evil of their practices” (v. 4). Verses 4-5 are imprecatory, wherein one entreats God to bring curses or wrath upon wrongdoers. Concerning such imprecations, C. S. Lewis wrote:
If the Jews cursed more bitterly than the Pagans this was, I think, at least in part because they took right and wrong more seriously. For if we look at their railings we find they are usually angry not simply because these things have been done to them but because these things are manifestly wrong, are hateful to God as well as to the victim (Reflections on the Psalms [New York: Harcourt Brace, 1958] 30).
David suddenly changed his mood from grave concern to supreme celebration, even though his circumstances remained the same. The psalmist anticipated God’s vindication, believing that the Lord would act justly. David realized God heard the voice of his supplication (v. 6); therefore, he exulted the Lord as his strength and shield, the One in whom he trusts and is helped (v. 7).
God is the “strength” of those who trust in Him. He empowers his people to persevere through any of life’s challenges and difficulties. The Lord is “a saving defense to His anointed” (v. 8), which is a reference to David as the king of Israel. God saves the king! The Lord’s defense of his anointed would apply equally to all governing authorities who are his ministers (cf. Rom 13:1-4; 1 Pet 2:13-14).
Psalm 28 concludes with a personal intercession on behalf of the entire nation: “save Your people” and “be their shepherd also” (v. 9). In every circumstance of life (even the most challenging and difficult), the Lord God is sufficient for his people. God helps with all the fullness of his sustaining grace (cf. 2 Cor 12:9) for He is “a very present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1).
Your Missionary to our Political Leaders,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.