Psalm 28

This seems like a direct riff on Moses’ song in Deuteronomy 32. It starts out with the same Rock language, and speaks of reactions to the LORD’s deeds and the LORD’s inheritance.

What kind of rock is God? Is he like the silent idol rocks of the nations? If so then there is no hope for David.

There’s a lot of vocal/hearing language in this Psalm:

  • I cry
  • be not silent
  • hear my voice
  • who speak peace, but…
  • the LORD hears my voice
  • my song

The wicked talk the talk, but their hearts are full of themselves. But David trusts the LORD, and his heart is filled. The wicked remember their own plans/work/hands instead of God’s plans/work/hands (see Deuteronomy 32:27). They judge themselves and are judged because of it.

David does not want to be “dragged” away with the wicked, but instead to be ruled/fed/shepherded. These actions seem similar – they both involve moving a creature to a new destination. The questions is which group David is in – the inside group (sanctuary) or the outside group (pit).

Ultimately David clings to the promise that Israel is the LORD’s inheritance (Deuteronomy 32:9), and that the LORD is forever faithful to his people. He asks that the LORD continue to do what he has always done (Deuteronomy 32:10-15).

This appeal to Deuteronomy 32 is frightening, because Deuteronomy 32 is talking about the people of Israel becoming God’s adversaries. So are the wicked in Psalm 28 being “dragged away” from national Israel? And is David then appealing for the reformation of a new Israel? Verse 5 might play into this – the wicked are torn down but not rebuilt; does this mean that the definition of righteous Israel is one who is torn down but also being rebuilt (i.e lifted up) – and one who is so humble that they recognize their need to be torn down and rebuilt?