1. Hello, listening friends.
2. If this is your first time listening,
3. you are joining us for the second half of the study of Psalm 28;
4. and, in the last message, I told you the circumstances in which David wrote this Psalm.
5. In this Psalm, we see David’s cry out to the Lord,
6. and he cries to him during a time in which he needed God’s mercy.
7. In the last message, we saw that David prayed with confidence
8. and we could see this in verses 1 and 2 of Psalm 28.
9. Today, we will see David also reasoned with God.
10. Verses 3 to 5 give us a picture of David’s line of reasoning.
11. Listen to what he said.
12. “Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil,
13. those who speak cordially with their neighbors, but harbor malice in their hearts.
14. Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work;
15. and bring back upon them what they deserve.
16. Since they show no regard for the works of the Lord and what his hands have done,
17. he will tear them down and never build them up again...”
18. so, that is David’s line of reasoning. Let’s look at it.
19. David’s plea is from his very heart.
20. He asks God for mercy and justice.
21. He asks God to repay the wicked;
22. but the world tells us not to judge anybody or anything.
23. The ungodly twist the words of Jesus about not judging others,
24. and they justify and rationalize sin and rebellion.
25. They say, “We are not supposed to judge anyone…”
26. even though we see evil and wickedness all around us,
27. and they say, “Who are we to call evil ‘evil’?”
28. and Satan loves it when we are confused by the false values of the world.
29. David had already approached God, not based on his self-righteousness,
30. but based on God’s mercy.
31. David already approached God in confession of his own sinfulness,
32. but he does more than that.
33. He does not begin his prayers by asking God to judge the wicked,
34. but he begins with a request.
35. He asks God to keep him from being dragged along into an evil quagmire.
36. David was aware of his own propensity to sin.
37. David was aware of his own propensity to behave like the wicked people,
38. and that is why he began with confession.
39. David knew that, apart from the life-giving, sustaining power of God’s Word,
40. apart from the life-giving Spirit of God,
41. apart from the life-giving, sustaining power of God’s mercy,
42. he could be swept away with wickedness, like they are.
43. My listening friend, there is something very important, here, I don’t want you to miss.
44. When David was praying for justice against the wicked,
45. he was not just praying as a private citizen.
46. He was praying as David the King.
47. David was responsible for seeing that justice was done in the nation,
48. and he was praying for God to empower him to do that.
49. Please don’t misunderstand what I am going to tell you.
50. Evil must never prosper.
51. Regardless of how we feel about those who commit evil,
52. we must pray that evil plans be frustrated.
53. If you don’t feel that evil should be frustrated and judged, then, you don’t care for the victims of evil,
54. and we must pray for God’s justice.
55. Let me summarize David’s prayer one more time.
56. In the last message, we saw David’s confident request.
57. Today, we will see David’s calm reasoning
58. and David’s cause for rejoicing.
59. Look at verses 3 to 5 of Psalm 28.
60. My listening friend, let me tell you that, whenever we get into trouble,
61. whether it is of our own doing or not,
62. we must cry out to God;
63. and we ask others to cry to the Lord on our behalf;
64. and the Lord, in His own time, answers our petition.
65. When God answers, you become excited.
66. You will be thrilled,
67. and you say, “Thank you, Lord…”
68. but, a day or two later,
69. and you still remember God’s answer to your prayer,
70. and you say, “Thank you Lord for answering my prayer...”
71. but, then, a month of two later,
72. you say, “Lord, thank You again for what You did back then...”
73. then, as time goes on,
74. and we are facing new challenges,
75. and new problems,
76. and new difficulties,
77. then, you remember what God did for you back then.
78. You say, “I am thankful for what God did back then,
79. but what have you done for me, lately?”
80. This is the spirit of the age.
81. In Luke 17,
82. Luke tells us that Jesus healed ten lepers.
83. Only one Samaritan,
84. a foreigner,
85. and he came back to thank Jesus for his healing.
86. The other nine probably felt that the world owes them something,
87. and they never came back to say, “Thank You;”
88. but not David.
89. David began to praise the Lord before he could see evidence of his prayers being answered.
90. David began to thank the Lord for answered prayers,
91. even before he could see his answered prayers.
92. Some time ago, in my own life,
93. I prayed for a very important situation in my life,
94. and I learned something from this Psalm;
95. so, I began to thank the Lord before I saw an answer to my prayer.
96. Every day for eighteen months, I thanked the Lord for answering in advance, and for the answered prayer.
97. Oh, but let me tell you something important.
98. Every day of those eighteen months, the devil taunted me.
99. “How can you thank the Lord when you have no evidence that He will answer your prayers?”…
100. but God gave me the faith to thank Him before seeing the evidence with my own eyes.
101. Now, look at verse 7 of Psalm 28.
102. David said, “…my heart trusted…” - past tense;
103. “…I am helped…” in the present tense.
104. “…I will praise…” - future tense.
105. Based on his experience with God,
106. David’s supplications turned into seeing God by faith,
107. and that turned into singing to God.
108. We do not live our Christian life in a vacuum.
109. Wherever we are today is a result of where we were yesterday.
110. Where we will be tomorrow is being determined by where we are today;
111. so, not only did David praise God before he had seen the evidence of answered prayer,
112. but David was interceding on behalf of others.
113. Many people pray only when they want something from God;
114. and, then, when they get what they wanted,
115. they forget about their prayer time with God.
116. They miss out on one of the most incredible blessings that they could possibly have.
117. Do you know what it is?
118. Going to God only when you need something,
119. and, then, forgetting about the blessing after it comes,
120. causes you the loss of a far greater blessing than you can imagine.
121. Do you know what it is?
122. It’s praying for others.
123. Praying for others has a special blessing that you cannot get any other way.
124. Many of us miss out on the blessing that can only come when we are praying for God’s work,
125. or, when we are praying for the things that are dear and near to the heart of God,
126. or, praying for the things that are priorities to God,
127. and praying for God’s people;
128. so, David concludes his prayer by praying for others.
129. Listen carefully to what David said.
130. “Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; be their Shepherd, and carry them forever.”
131. As I conclude this message, I want to tell you a [an] historical story.
132. When Queen Victoria of England celebrated her golden jubilee,
133. a prominent head of a country sang her a song that brought tears to her eyes.
134. What was that song?
135. “Rock of Ages, cleft for me. Let me hide myself in thee.”
136. The author of this remarkable song was a man named “Augustus Toplady.”
137. He came to the Lord at the age of sixteen,
138. and he heard the Gospel message in a rural district of Ireland.
139. The sermon was on Jesus, the Rock.
140. Augustus was a very frail man.
141. He suffered from tuberculosis.
142. He did not have a day that was free from pain.
143. He studied for ministry,
144. but his weak body forbade him from preaching;
145. and he died at the age of thirty-eight,
146. but not before he wrote these magnificent words:
147. “Rock of Ages, cleft for me.
148. Let me hide myself in thee.”
149. My listening friend,
150. do you know the Lord God as a rock you can stand upon?
151. Do you know the benefits of a relationship with Him?
152. He wants to know you,
153. and to love you,
154. and to protect you.
155. You can trust Him.
156. Will you come to Him?
157. He is awaiting you.
158. Until we meet again, God bless you.