“The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.” (Psalms 28:7)
In many Psalms, the writers often transition from despair to delight, from tragedy to testimony or from heartache to hope. The defining moment comes when God is recognized as Sovereign and the psalmist relinquishes his struggle.
When David expressed his concern by crying out to God, he experienced a calming confidence. David’s heart trusted, he was heard and he was helped. “Blessed be The Lord! For He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.”. (Psalm 28:6)
In Psalm 28, God’s provision is illustrated by the psalmist’s praise.
He is our Strength. “The Lord is the strength of His people;” (Psalm 28:8) The all powerful God is all ours. The psalmist clarifies any confusion, “I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, Who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.” (Psalm 121:1-2) What a Mighty God we serve.
He is our Shield. When we need peace and deliverance, He is our Protector and Defender. His path is perfect. David reminds us of God’s reliability, “This God—His way is perfect; The Word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.” (Psalm 18:30)
He is our Savior. Our God is also a redeeming refuge. He is the Savior of our souls and the Shelter in our storms. “He is the saving refuge of His anointed.” (Psalm 28:8)
He is our Shepherd. “Be their shepherd and carry them forever.” (Psalm 28:9) He gives, He guides and He guards. John tells of Jesus’ care for His sheep, “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary . . . I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me . . . They’ll also recognize my voice.” (John 10:11-18)
Conquering strength. Covering shield. Compassionate Savior. Caring Shepherd.
“I will sing of my Redeemer, and His heavenly love to me; He from death to life hath brought me, Son of God with Him to be. Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer. With His blood, He purchased me. On the cross, He sealed my pardon, paid the debt, and made me free.”
May your heart be blessed.