Praising Before The Prayer is Answered
Devotional Reading from Psalm 28
A Psalm of David.
1 Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me:
Lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee,
When I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity,
Which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief isin their hearts.
4 Give them according to their deeds,
And according to the wickedness of their endeavours:
Give them after the work of their hands;
Render to them their desert.
5 Because they regard not the works of the Lord,
Nor the operation of his hands,
He shall destroy them, and not build them up.
6 Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in him, and I am helped:
Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth;
And with my song will I praise him.
8 The Lord is their strength,
And he is the saving strength of his anointed.
9 Save thy people,
And bless thine inheritance:
Feed them also, and lift them up for ever.
In this Psalm David is praying yet again from the midst of crisis. It is unfortunate but true that trouble makes for the best prayers. It often seems that in our prayers we just don’t engage our hearts until they hurt. In the first five verses we see David crying out for God to hear him and come to his rescue, to treat him differently than those who have rejected the Lord. The most impactful part of the Psalm to me was verse six. Before the Lord intervenes in his circumstance David says, “Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications”, and the mood of the Psalm changes from desperation to declaration. I read somewhere that George Mueller, a great man of prayer and faith who operated an orphanage in Bristol England had a crisis. He had no food to feed the children but in an act of faith had them gather around the dinner table and say thanks. They prayed in grateful response to blessings that hadn’t even been given. I read that at the close of the prayer a knock was at the door and through unusual circumstances food was delivered. Truly, God is pleased by the prayer of faith and honors it.