Psalm 28: Anticipating Victory

Why might it be important to remind ourselves of God’s protection?

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Psalm 28:1 A song of David.
I cry out to you, Lord, for you are my security, my rock. If you don’t respond, I’m as good as dead.
King James
Psalm 28:1 <A Psalm of David.> 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.

Is it necessary to pray for God’s help? Why?

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Psalm 28:2 Hear my prayers when I reach out to you for help from your most holy place.
Matthew 6:8 Do not be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask.
Matthew 6:30 If God clothes the wildflowers that are here now and gone tomorrow, don’t you suppose he will care for you? Why do you have such weak faith?
King James
Psalm 28:2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Matthew 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

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How far away do you think most people visualize God? Where is God’s “holy place”?

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Psalm 28:2 Hear my prayers when I reach out to you for help from your most holy place.
Psalm 139:2 You see every time I sit or stand. No matter how distant I might think I am, you still know my thoughts.
King James
Psalm 28:2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
Psalm 139:2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

What must we do to avoid inclusion with wicked people?

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Psalm 28:3 Don’t include me with wicked people who work contrary to your will, who appear kind and courteous but are actually cunning manipulators.
King James
Psalm 28:3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.

People who lay traps for others must be aware of their own devices. How could they be caught with them?

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Psalm 28:4 Repay them according to their malicious plans and destructive deeds. Make them victims of their own devices.
King James
Psalm 28:4 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.

What motivates people to tear down what others have built?

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Psalm 28:5 They have no respect for what you want or the miracles you want to do. They seek only to tear down, never to build up.
King James
Psalm 28:5 Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

What should we want to tear down, and what should we want to build up?

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Psalm 28:5 They have no respect for what you want or the miracles you want to do. They seek only to tear down, never to build up.
1 Corinthians 3:10–15 God gave me grace to be the wise master-builder and lay a strong foundation upon which others will build. The foundation I have laid is Jesus Christ, and no man should lay any other. Build upon this foundation gold, silver, and precious stones, or wood, hay, and stubble. Every person’s work will be tested. The fire on Judgment Day will reveal the eternal value of each person’s work. Those who have built a surviving structure on the sure foundation will receive their reward. The builder whose work is burned up will suffer great loss, but through the fire he will be saved.
1 John 3:8 Those who do wrong when they know what is right are like Satan, who did that in the beginning. The Son of God was revealed to change our desires and destroy what Satan started.
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Psalm 28:5 Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.
1 Corinthians 3:10–15 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

When should we praise God for hearing our prayers?

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Psalm 28:6 Lord, I praise you for hearing my prayers.
Luke 17:17 “Didn’t I heal ten men?” Jesus said. “Where are the other nine?”
King James
Psalm 28:6 Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.
Luke 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

What does our trusting God have to do with his support?

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Psalm 28:7 You give me strength, Lord, and keep me from harm. By trusting you, I have your support. Therefore, I rejoice from the depths of my innermost being, singing praises unto you.
King James
Psalm 28:7 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.

What is the difference between superficial and sincere praise?

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Psalm 28:7 You give me strength, Lord, and keep me from harm. By trusting you, I have your support. Therefore, I rejoice from the depths of my innermost being, singing praises unto you.
King James
Psalm 28:7 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.

Why do so many people fail to recognize God’s strength?

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Psalm 28:8 You are the strength of your people, Lord. Because of you, they have the victory.
Matthew 11:29–30 Take my yoke upon you, and learn to walk my way, for I am gentle and humble of heart. In me, you will find rest for your souls, because my yoke fits and your share of the load is light.
Philippians 4:13 In all situations, no matter how little or how much I have, I must depend on Christ for my strength and guidance.
King James
Psalm 28:8 The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.
Matthew 11:29–30 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

How important is God’s strength in seeing the victory?

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2 Samuel 22:30 With your strength, God, I can break through the army’s front lines and leap over the wall.
Psalm 28:8 You are the strength of your people, Lord. Because of you, they have the victory.
1 John 5:4 What is born of God has power over the world. Our faith and trust in him brings the victory.
King James
2 Samuel 22:30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
Psalm 28:8 The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

In what ways does God bless his people?

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Psalm 28:9 Deliver your people. Bless those who belong to you. Be a friend to them, always supporting them.
King James
Psalm 28:9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.