April 18, 2018

Psalm 28:1–2 (NLT) — 1 I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. 2 Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.

We don’t know at what point in David’s life that he penned this Psalm. We do know that it was some kind of fierce battle; a battle that only the Lord could pull him out of. He might have been desperate but he wasn’t despairing. We know this because he called the Lord “my rock”. So he wasn’t sinking in defeat but he was standing tall anticipating the victory. God being his ‘rock’ indicated that he wasn’t going to give up and he wasn’t going to die.

Do you have enough trust in the Lord to pray from a position of standing(faith) instead of a position of sinking(doubt)? David was praying as if the answer had already come or the battle was already won. This statement of mine will be reinforced in verse 6. The bible says are to come boldly to the throne room of grace to receive grace and mercy in time of need. You see the grace and mercy are guaranteed to the one coming boldly! All the promises of God are yes and ‘amen’, right? Job had that kind of standing faith > Job 19:25 (NLT) — 25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.

Psalm 28:3–5 (NLT) — 3 Do not drag me away with the wicked— with those who do evil— those who speak friendly words to their neighbors while planning evil in their hearts. 4 Give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for all their evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others. 5 They care nothing for what the Lord has done or for what his hands have made. So he will tear them down, and they will never be rebuilt!

David prayed that his enemies would be dealt with severely, and like him, we need to pray with the same passion. Our enemies are our fleshly tendencies that lead us into sin. Our enemies are the temptations that we give in to that cause us to sin.  So we need to pray as David did, “Lord, do whatever it takes to destroy anything in me that is not like Your Son and grace me to not give into those dishonoring temptations.” Remember that the Tempter cares nothing for the Lord and he will do whatever he can to destroy your relationship with the Lord. So pray with passion!

Psalm 28:6–7 (NLT) — 6 Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. 7 The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

His situation hasn’t changed but what has changed is that his prayer now turns into praise. He begins thank the Lord for hearing his prayer and for what he is going to do. The prayer of faith sees the mission as accomplished. Jesus always saw that way. When he said to the crippled guy to pick up his mat and go home Jesus saw him walking. When he told the parents that their dead little girl was only sleeping it was because Jesus saw her alive. When he told his disciples that they were going to the other side of the lake it was because he already saw through the storm that was about to arise. The eyes of faith see what the human eye hopes for.

Psalm 28:8–9 (NLT) — 8 The Lord gives his people strength. He is a safe fortress for his anointed king. 9 Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever.

David started his prayer by saying, “Help me.” And he ends his prayer by saying, “Help others.” What a wonderful example for us. Sometimes we get so focused on ourselves that we think that we are the only ones with struggles, issues, and problems. That kind of thinking is what will cause you to sink. Faith sees the ‘others’ and because faith has now given the issue over to the Lord, faith now takes the time to pray for the ‘others’. Faith isn’t self-centered or selfish. Faith has room for all to come and gather on the ‘Rock’ so that no one will sink.

Know anyone who is sinking? Bring them to the ‘Rock’ by praying for them. Yes that does mean those people that you have a hard time with.

On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

Be Inspired Hilltop!