In moments of desperation, we will always turn to the person or thing we believe has the most power to provide a resolution to the issues we are facing.
David (the composer of this psalm) didn’t take prayer for granted. Rather, he pleaded with God to hear and answer him. God was David’s rock, the only One able to provide him the security he needed. So he lifted up his hands to God in prayer. He cried out to Him for help. He recognized his desperate need for God and humbled himself before Him. David relied on God the Father in his times of greatest need, and the fact that God was faithful to hear David’s prayers and act on his behalf. God does the same for His people today.
Read Psalm 28:1-2:
- According to these two verses, how would you characterize David’s relationship with the Lord?
- What words and phrases give evidence of David’s deep dependence on God?
- In what sense are our very lives dependent on God’s hearing and answering our prayers?
Read Psalm 28:3-5:
- Why did David call for God’s judgment here?
- Does David’s language in these verses make you uncomfortable?
- Do you feel the freedom to pray to God this honestly?
Read Psalm 28:6-9:
- What principles about prayer do you find in these verses?
- Does it seem strange to you that David’s prayer turned from evil men to a celebration of God so quickly?
- When have you celebrated the Lord even though your circumstances remained difficult?
Taking it Home:
- What is a circumstance where you find it difficult to trust that the Lord is sufficient?
- What does your current prayer life say about your level of dependence on the Lord?
Ways to Pray:
- Adoration: Praise God for hearing us when we cry out to Him for help.
- Contrition: Repent of the times you’ve chosen to “sound holy” rather than be honest when you pray.
- Thankfulness: Thank God for how He has shielded you and been strong for you in your times of weakness.
- Supplication: Ask for God to come to the aid of His people when their enemies rise up against them.
Additional Scriptures to Engage with this week:
- Romans 8:14-17, 26-39
- Psalm 31
- 1 Chronicles 16
- Psalm 109
- Luke 18:1-8
- Psalm 88