Much of the beauty written in the Psalms is the relationship that is highlighted between man and God. David is an emotionally ridden man, and regardless of life’s circumstances, he spilled the overflow of his heart before the Lord on paper consistently. I love that God included these prayer-scriptures for us in His Word. Though our walk of faith differs with each passing day, our God remains the same, constant source.
I particularly wanted to look at Psalm 28 and 29 with you my dear friend.
There is such an overwhelming contrast in these two chapters. A lot of like can leak between lined stationary.
In Psalm 28 David is pleading with the Lord, longing to be heard and responded to.
He beckons, “my rock, do not be deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.” 1b-2
Has your heart ever just cried in desperation for God? The pit of your pulse knowing you have an utter need to hear from God?
David did. He lays this raw, unwrapped emotion and request for God to speak throughout this chapter. He knows God has heard him, He worships Him… and I imagine he waits on Him. It is not known how closely together these two psalms were written, and often the chapter placement does not have to do with time sequence, but for whatever reason it may be, I am thrilled that God allowed chapter 29 to be the Psalm that follows.
We do know that this Psalm is also written by David, and the beauty-filled words affirm God responded to David; he knew the Lord’s voice. Listen as you read the excerpts from the chapter:
“The voice of the Lord is over the waters.”
“The voice of the Lord is powerful.”
“The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.”
“The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars.”
“The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.”
“The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness.”
“The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth.”
David lifted his voice in pleas of mercy, begging God to answer him. God did more than a just answer- He overwhelmed David with imagery of who He was, and the immense power His voice had. Just hearing the sound of God’s voice alone beckons me to quiet mine and listen with intent.
Where do you long to hear God’s voice in your life? Has there been death? He speaks Life. Have there been strongholds? His voice can break cedars. Persecution? Attack? Hurt? God’s voice is as calm and powerful as the oceans and meadows.
Let the Lord speak into your life. Have you asked Him to? I encourage you to lay your request before God, believe He has heard you, worship Him for His faithfulness, and listen. Then keep listening. Then wait. Then listen. He’ll show up.