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Bible Commentaries

Smith's Writings

Psalms 28

Verses 1-9

PSALM 28

The desire of the believer to be kept in separation from a world that is going on to judgment.

(vv. 1-3) In the midst of a wicked nation that is going down to the pit, the godly Jew appeals to the Lord to hear his cry that he may not be drawn away with the wicked, or deceived by the fair show they may make - speaking peace to their neighbours, but with mischief in their hearts.

(vv. 4-5) The godly Jew looks for judgment on the wicked. This judgment will fall, first, because of their sins - the works of their hands; and, secondly, because they slight the works of the Lord.

These are the abiding principles of God's ways in judgment. God cannot pass over sin, but God has made provision in the death of Christ to put away sin. If men neglect God's provision in grace they will fall under God's hand in judgment. This judgment, however, is not only on account of their sin, but also because of their neglect of Christ ( Heb_2:3 ).

(vv. 6-8) The godly soul has the consciousness that the Lord has heard his cry. He trusted, was helped, and rejoices. The ground of his confidence is Christ, for he can say that the Lord is not only the strength of the godly, but “He is the saving strength of his anointed one” (JND). Thus the godly avail themselves of God's provision in grace and plead the Anointed One - Christ - who has intervened and suffered on their behalf, and was saved out of all His sufferings ( Psa_22:21 ).

(v. 9) If the Anointed One has been saved out of His sufferings, those for whom He suffered will be saved. Therefore the psalmist can with confidence say to God, “Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance.” Though for a time they may have to pass through suffering, and appear to be cast down, yet, even so, God will feed them and finally lift them up for ever, in contrast to those who go down to the pit (v. 1).

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Smith, Hamilton. "Commentary on Psalms 28". "Smith's Writings". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/hsw/psalms-28.html. 1832.