Music should take you on a journey. Each verse doesn’t normally say the same thing. I think of the gospel song, “One Day” that pretty much summarizes the Gospel with 5 verses and a chorus. In Psalm 28 David penned these lyrics to a song that was sung in his day. It’s not known what circumstances were occurring at this time when David wrote these, but regardless of his influences, David showed true passion in this song and took us on a journey from complete desperation to deliverance.
In verses 1-2 we see David’s desperation. “Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.” David pleads with God to hear his cry for help. In David’s mind there were no other options. If God would not hear his cry, he would “become like them that go down into a pit.” (v.1) David compared God’s not answering his prayer to being locked up in a dungeon. When a Christian prays, we have to believe that any other option than God’s blessing would place us in bondage to the world. There is no second best to God’s plan.
In verses 3-5 David gives us a glimpse into why he is summoning God so passionately. “Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts. Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.” We see the dangers he is being put in. He asks God to not let wicked people influence him. We see that David is asking for discernment as well as deliverance from his influencers. David speaks of those who openly do wickedness, but also are two-faced and have ulterior motives. Let’s just get one thing straight: God has no hidden agenda. He wants total Lordship in our lives. Even if God’s only act of Kingship was sending His only Son to die on the cross for us, He still would’ve done more for humanity than any other person who has walked the face of the planet. We can trust God with our whole heart and we need to seek Him as if we believe that.
Continuing with the journey through Psalms 28 we get to the verses about David’s deliverance. “Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. 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. The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.” (vv 6-8) David not only recognized it was God who delivers him, but he understood God is the strength of his song. God is the strength of our testimonies. The source of real power in any Christian’s life, comes from the strength of God. Paul wrote to the Church of Corinth, “ And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5) Paul wanted to emphasize Christ and His power in our lives.
If you were to write a song about your life, would it echo the sentiments given here by David and Paul? Would you be able to write that you earnestly sought the Lord with such conviction, you might tremble if He didn’t answer you? Would there be a verse that shows your faith in God’s deliverance? And would there be a verse praising your Lord and giving credit to all He has done for you?
Let’s take time today to meditate on a prayer and praise song to sing to the Lord.