A Season of Psalms - Psalm 28: 1,6
Psalm 28:1, 6
“To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit…Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
When I’m on the phone, I don’t like being put on hold. I don’t like to wait, I want assistance now, and if I don’t get it, the person on the other end of the line is going to hear about it. I’m not a patient guy. As if the interminable wait wasn’t bad enough, while you’re on hold they play some of the most awful elevator music you’ve ever heard. It’s enough to drive a person crazy and hang up. I understand the need to corroborate information with the computer or consult a supervisor; rather than put me on hold, call me back. Just give me an answer now!
This was exactly David’s plight in Psalm 28. He cries out to God in verse 1 to “be not deaf to me.” Reading the entirety of the psalm, David pleaded with God not to be dragged away with the workers of iniquity, with evildoers who spoke well of their neighbors but devised evil in their hearts. David was begging and pleading with God, for a long period of time perhaps, not to be rounded up with such people. David had to practice patience in awaiting God’s answer, much like we have to practice when things don’t necessarily go our way or when our prayer isn’t answered according to our timing.
Look in verse 6. After a period of time, David could exclaim, “Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy!” David got his answer. One thing we know about David as we read the psalms: he was persistent in prayer. So should we be, like the parable of the persistent widow. Alfred Lord Tennyson said, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world has ever dreamed of.” Don’t give up on God; He won’t give up on you. That’s a promise! Call on Him today.
Further Reading: Luke 18:1-8; Acts 4:23-31
Pray with me:
Hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer. Incline Your to me, and grant me Your peace. This I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.