Psalm 28:1 To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, do not refuse to hear me, for if you are silent to me, I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. 2 Hear the voice of my supplication, as I cry to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary… 6 Blessed be the LORD, for he has heard the sound of my pleadings. 7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
You’ll notice that v.1-2 describe David’s need for help from the Lord while v.6-7 describe resolution to the threat/problem, which leads me to believe that David may have written this psalm in two stages with some time in between. I can’t be sure of this, but it’s interesting. I’ve always assumed the psalms were started and completed in a short time-frame. This psalm suggests perhaps not.
But what I appreciate most about this passage is David’s sense of connectedness and intimacy with God, “…in him my heart trusts… my heart exults” (v.7). David may have had a solid intellectual understanding of God as well, but for David life with God was a heart-centered thing, a feeling thing, a love thing. David was passionate about the Lord and wasn’t afraid to express his love for God in word or deed. Even when his own wife laughed at him and mocked him for his exuberant dancing before the Lord he didn’t care. He loved the Lord deeply… and the Lord loved him back.
Like David I’m more of a heart person than a head person. It’s not that I can’t think, but feeling comes first for me. I see in David someone who is deeply committed to spending time with the Lord, worshipping the Lord, praying to the Lord, whether times are good or bad. That kind of faith is very attractive to me. Lord give me grace to lavish worship and praise upon you like David. Fill my heart as you filled David’s heart. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.