Psalm 28:1-5 [NLT]
1 I pray to you, O Lord, my rock.
Do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you are silent,
I might as well give up and die.
2 Listen to my prayer for mercy
as I cry out to you for help,
as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked—
with those who do evil—
those who speak friendly words to their neighbors
while planning evil in their hearts.
4 Give them the punishment they so richly deserve!
Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness.
Pay them back for all their evil deeds!
Give them a taste of what they have done to others.
5 They care nothing for what the Lord has done
or for what his hands have made.
So he will tear them down,
and they will never be rebuilt!
I hear David speak of justice, I “just” want more of you. You ear, Your help, Your mercy.
Like David I get that I don’t do life without You well. Forgive me my futile attempts at being my own god. Teach me to trust You more, call to You often. I lift my hands, my heart, my head to worship You. This day triumph over evil, especially the evil that bits for my allegiance. Be Immanuel, God with us, today!
THE STING OF INJUSTICE. David fears being “drag[ged] away with the wicked” (verse 3) to the “pit,” a word that can mean a dungeon for offenders (verse 1). He cries to God at the prospect of being unfairly charged and counted as a corrupt ruler. This is a major theme of the psalms, but not one that most of us in comfortable Western societies can easily understand. “Nothing stings so sharply as injustice, and nothing should; so these verses are not simply vindictive, but put into words the protest of any healthy conscience at the wrongs of the present order, and the conviction that a day of judgment is a moral necessity.”20 Christians should also cry to God day and night against injustice (Luke 18:7).
Prayer: Lord, I pray for justice in the world—for the lifting up of the poor out of their misery, for the breaking of the power of tyrannical regimes, for the end of violence, warfare, racial conflict, and strife. Thank you that you are a God of justice. Amen.