358 – Psalm 28 – Blessed be Yahweh

Today I’ll be quoting from the Legacy Standard Bible specifically because they transliterate the name Yahweh instead of substituting it with the word LORD.

In studying Psalm twenty-eight, I find it fascinating that David begins his prayer asking Yahweh to help him, but, in contrast, at the end of the nine verses he asks Yahweh to help Yahweh’s “anointed”, “His people”, and “His inheritance”. It would seem as David was talking to God his confidence in Him grew and his perspective changed. It was no longer about David, but about Yahweh and His people.

In verse four David petitions Yahweh to punish the wicked for their crimes but the interesting thing is not for what they did to David, but rather how they treated Yahweh (vs. 5).

Psalm 28:4-5 (LSV)

           4       Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their actions; 

         Give to them according to the deeds of their hands; 

         Return their dealings upon them. 

           5       Because they do not regard the works of Yahweh 

         Nor the deeds of His hands, 

         He will tear them down and not build them up. 

I love verse six but think through it with me for a minute.

Psalm 28:6 (LSV)

           6       Blessed be Yahweh, 

         Because He has heard the voice of my supplications. 

 

David knew Yahweh. You would think he would say something like, “Blessed be Yahweh because He is Holy and there is none like Him”. Kind of the idea that Blessed be Yahweh because He deserves to be blessed, but not here in this passage. Here he says “Blessed be Yahweh” because he has benefitted David. In other words, David is saying, “I will bless Yahweh as a result of Him hearing me”. 

Just meditating on the next two verses makes me want to worship Yahweh.

Psalm 28:7-8 (LSV)

           7       Yahweh is my strength and my shield; 

         My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; 

         Therefore my heart exults, 

         And with my song I shall thank Him. 

           8       Yahweh is their strength, 

         And He is a strong defense of salvation to His anointed. 

 

Yahweh is David’s strength and protection (shield). David from the core of his being trusted Him and it lifted his heart. Song after song rose up in David because of Yahweh’s goodness. David walked with Yahweh and enjoyed the benefits of the relationship.

It seems to me most modern-day Christians have missed the mark in their relationship with Yahweh. Too many think Yahweh is a mean judge constantly throwing obstacles in their paths just hoping they will mess up so He can fry them with a lightning bolt. Another group thinks you have to get the formula just right so that Yahweh has no choice but to pour our health, wealth, and prosperity. Another group is constantly in contention with Yahweh over control of their lives. They want to keep their distance from Him so that He doesn’t send them to Africa as missionaries or ask them to do some equally unsavory tasks. They want to be lord of their own lives.

But David had it figured out. Pray to Yahweh. Submit to Him. Pray to Him. Trust Him. Walk with Him and your heart will soar in praises to him.

 

Psalm 28:9 (LSV)

           9       Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; 

         Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever. 

 

Verse nine in and of itself is a powerful intercessory prayer. 

 

Blessed be Yahweh because He hears us!

 

Blessed be Yahweh because He is Holy!

 

Blessed be Yahweh because He alone is worthy!


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