1. Hello, listening friends.
2. We are delighted that you have tuned in to this broadcast.
3. It is our desire to be used of God to be a blessing in your life.
4. We have been looking at some selective Psalms;
5. and, today, we are going to look at Psalm 28;
6. and, in order to understand Psalm 28, we must begin with understanding David.
7. David was a great warrior.
8. David was a great King.
9. David was a great leader.
10. In fact, David was a great spiritual giant;
11. yet, he was not a very successful father.
12. He was so busy doing his job that he failed in his primary task.
13. One of David’s sons raped his step-sister.
14. Another son killed his rapist step-brother;
15. and his son, Absalom, conducted a coup d’etat to remove his father from the throne;
16. then, Absalom took over the reign of power;
17. and King David had to escape from his own palace to avoid being killed;
18. so, powerful and successful King David was on the run.
19. As a King in deep trouble, he views his desperate situation;
20. and David looks at his tragic condition and writes Psalm 28.
21. As David finds his heart, his emotions and his kingdom all torn apart, he sat down and wrote Psalm 28.
22. As he sits down, and inspired by the Holy Spirit, he writes this Psalm.
23. If you have your Bible, please turn with us to Psalm 28;
24. Let’s read the Psalm.
25. “To you I call, O Lord my Rock;
26. do not turn a deaf ear to me.
27. For if you remain silent,
28. I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.
29. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help,
30. as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy place.
31. Do not drag me away with the wicked;
32. with those who do evil,
33. who speak cordially with their neighbors, but harbor malice in their hearts.
34. Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work;
35. repay them for what their hands have done.
36. and bring back upon them what they deserve.
37. Since they showed no regard for the works of the Lord and what his hands have done, he will tear them down, and never build them again.
38. Praise be to the Lord,
39. for He has heard my cry for mercy.
40. The Lord is my strength and my shield;
41. my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
42. My heart leaps for joy, and I will give thanks to him in song.
43. The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
44. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.”
45. In order to understand this Psalm,
46. I want to take you to a story that Jesus told.
47. He told that story in Luke, Chapter 18;
48. and He told this story in order to encourage us never to give up in prayer.
49. Here is the story.
50. He said that there was an unjust judge,
51. and there was a widow who needed this unrighteous judge to do the right thing;
52. but the judge was not interested in helping her;
53. but she kept on pounding on the judge’s door.
54. Finally, the judge decided to do the right thing, just to keep this woman from annoying him;
55. so, what is Jesus telling us through this story?
56. He is saying that God is the opposite of this judge.
57. God is just.
58. God is fair.
59. God always does the right thing,
60. and here is what Jesus is saying.
61. If the unjust judge did the right thing because of this woman’s importunity,
62. how much more will the righteous, holy, just Judge of the universe do for His children who cry to Him?
63. What Jesus is saying is this:
64. bold, persistent prayer will get God’s answer.
65. Unfortunately, some people give up praying too soon,
66. even when they know that they are praying in accordance to the will of God.
67. Within David’s prayer in Psalm 28, there are three important events.
68. Let’s look at them.
70. in verses 1 and 2,
71. he places his confident request before the Lord.
73. verses 3 to 5,
74. he presents a calm reasoning to the Lord.
76. verses 6 to 9,
77. he receives a cause for rejoicing from the Lord.
78. David’s confident request stems from his confidence of Who God is.
79. He says, “To you I call, O Lord my Rock.”
80. Why did he say the “rock?”
81. The rock is a symbol of the changelessness of God.
82. The rock is a symbol of the immutability of God.
83. The rock is a symbol of the permanence of God.
84. The rock is a symbol of the invincibility of God.
85. The rock is a symbol of the strength of God.
86. No one can be called the “Rock,” except the Lord.
87. Don’t miss this contrast here.
88. David’s world was falling apart.
89. David’s world was crumbling in front of him.
90. David’s world is sliding from under him.
91. David’s throne, that once seemed to be invincible,
92. has now been snatched away from him.
93. David’s security is melting before his eyes.
94. David’s subjects have turned against him.
95. David’s world is collapsing.
96. Nothing seems to be stable, like it once was.
97. Have you ever been in a position like this?
98. When everything seems to be going great, and, then, all of a sudden, things begin to fall apart.
99. The job you counted on,
100. the business deal you worked hard for,
101. the marriage that looked as solid as a rock,
102. the good health that you were so proud of,
103. all of a sudden begin to fall apart;
104. and David was in that very situation.
105. In those rough situations, David turns to the only One Who is unchangeable.
106. David turns to the only One Whose love does not ebb and flow.
107. David turns to the only One Whose stability is unquestionable.
108. My listening friend, let me ask you a question.
109. When your world seems to collapse before you,
110. do you turn to God, or, do you blame God?
111. When you are betrayed by the dearest and the nearest,
112. do you turn to the Rock of Ages, or, you get angry with God?
113. When you find yourself in trouble because of your own wrong choices,
114. do you cry to the Rock of Ages?
115. Or, do you falsely accuse God of not protecting you from the consequences of your own choices?
116. David’s confident request was not based on a feeling that God owes him anything.
117. The problem with most people anywhere
118. is that they feel that God owes them something;
119. but God owes us nothing.
120. You and I owe Him everything.
121. The source of David’s confident request is the mercy of God.
122. As I said, there are some people who think that God owes them something.
123. There are people who think that the government owes them something.
124. There are some people who think that the church owes them something.
125. There are some people who think that their parents owe them something.
126. My listening friend, if you go around with this attitude in mind,
127. you will never accomplish anything worthwhile in life.
128. David said,
129. “Hear my cry, O Lord.”
130. What was his cry?
131. Was it for what God owes him?
133. For his own demands?
135. Was it for his dues?
137. Was it for his desires?
139. He said, “Hear my cry for mercy.”
140. David knew that, if God did not have mercy on him,
141. he might as well be dead.
142. When I fail in my walk with the Lord,
143. I go to God on my knees,
144. and I say to Him,
146. I don’t have the right to ask for anything, except Your promise of mercy.”
147. There is something important about this point in the Psalm.
148. Obviously, God had been silent for a while in David’s life;
149. and that is why David is appealing to God to break His silence and answer his prayer.
150. David had such confidence in God’s mercy that he could say to the Lord, “Lord, if You don’t answer my prayer, I’m as good as dead.”
151. David pointed his hands toward the holy place in Jerusalem,
152. which is a passionate expression of his imploring God.
153. When Moses went up to the mountain, he held his hands up to the heavens,
154. and God gave Joshua the victory.
155. When Jacob was desperate, he wrestled with God in prayer,
156. and God heard him.
157. Many of us don’t understand how to be persistent in prayer.
158. We mutter a few words,
159. or only pray when we want God to give us something;
160. and, if we don’t get instant reply,
161. we give up and forget all about our petition.
162. As I conclude, I want to encourage you today.
163. I want you to learn from David’s prayer.
164. I want you to learn from David’s cry out to the Lord,-
165. the Lord, Who is the only Source of mercy;
166. and David did not stop praying until God answered.
167. Let me ask you, my listening friends,
168. do you need God’s supernatural intervention in your life?
169. Do you need the mercy of God?
170. Call upon the Lord.
171. He is full of mercy.
172. He is all-forgiving.
173. He will answer your prayers.
174. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.