June 15, 2022

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Psalm 28:6–7 ESV (English Standard Version)

Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Pastor's Commentary

The exact circumstances that motivated David to write God’s Word for today are unknown. But the content of the text indicates that it was a time of great anguish and distress caused by his enemies. Things were looking bad, seemingly with no way out. But from the depths of his heart, David cried out to the LORD for mercy.

God heard David's pleas and answered him. He delivered David and punished those who attacked him. In response to God’s favor, David expressed his emotion in a song of praise. The word “exults” means to rejoice and be jubilant; it implies being in a celebrating state of great joy and happiness. David vowed to lift his hands toward the Holy Sanctuary (verse 2) and sing a song of thanksgiving (verse 7).

From this, we can learn that our praise of thanksgiving should equal our pleas for deliverance. Think about it. How many days, hours, and minutes do we pray when we have a need or we are experiencing troubles? Then compare it to the days, hours, and minutes we spend in His Holy Sanctuary? You do the math; does it add up?