Scripture: Psalm 28
Key verse: (6) “Blessed be the LORD, because God has heard the voice of my supplication.”
Reflection: This psalm is a prayer for deliverance attributed to King David. If you are familiar with the history of Israel, David spent a lot of time in battle fighting those who wanted to destroy him or his country. He regularly asked for protection and much of the book of Psalms chronicles his fervent prayers for deliverance. The Psalms also include his joyful songs of praise. Sometimes these two themes of deliverance and praise are woven together like we see in today’s psalm. Notice the way David uses poetry to give voice to his personal struggles and those of the people of Israel. Now consider how these same words, spoken across thousands of years, also give voice to our struggles. These are words of comfort and strength that help us, especially when we feel like we are under attack by the challenges of life. We have hope, like David, that God will hear our prayers in the midst of struggle. Perhaps you are facing an “enemy” right now. Read this psalm as a prayer to God. Then, trust in the LORD and let God be your strength.
Prayer: Almighty God, we need your strength. Help us to trust you in every circumstance of life. Remind us that you care for us and what happens to us. We give thanks that you hear our cries and will not forsake us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].