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Bible Commentaries

Sermon Bible Commentary

Psalms 28

Verse 1

Psalms 28:1

I. The Psalmist used the words of the text in what we may describe as their lowest, their least alarming, sense. His fears extended only to a temporary, an apparent, silence, to a want of comfort and of happiness, rather than an actual withdrawal of God's love and grace. To be incapable of entering into the feeling expressed in the text the dread of being deserted even temporarily by Him in whom the soul lives, and moves, and has its being implies that God is not as yet the object of all our affections, the centre of all our interests. If there are things which we dread more than God's silence, there must be things which we desire more than the sound of His voice.

II. If God is sometimes silent to a true Christian, what is He to others? Are there any to whom He is always silent? Absolutely silent indeed He is to no man. Outwardly His voice reaches all of us in His word, all men everywhere in His works. Inwardly, too, in conscience, He speaks to all. Thoughts accusing or else excusing these too are of Him. But all these may be, and yet God, in the most serious and awful sense, may still be silent to us, and this in more ways than one. (1) A man may pray because it is his duty, but all the time he is silent to God, and God to him. His heart was silent, his spirit was silent, while his lips were uttering the words of prayer; and therefore God, who looks on the heart and answers with His blessing no other prayer than that there uttered, heard no sound, and gave no response. (2) There is such a thing as a penal silence, a condition in which for our sins God has ceased to speak to us. (3) There is a silence which can never be broken, a silence which is the last, the eternal, punishment of sin, a silence which is itself the very pain and misery of hell.

C. J. Vaughan, Harrow Sermons, 2nd series, p. 283.

References: Psalms 28:1 . Bishop Woodford, Sermons on Subjects from the Old Testament, p. 118; Spurgeon, Evening by Evening, p. 185.Psalms 28:7 . Ibid., Sermons, vol. xxiv., No. 1423.Psalms 28:9 . Ibid., vol. xiii., No. 768; Ibid., Evening by Evening, p. 106. Psalms 29:1 . Expositor, 3rd series, vol. v., p. 310. Psalms 29:2 . A. Fletcher, Thursday Penny Pulpit, vol. xvi., p. 329; Spurgeon, Morning by Morning, p. 229. Psalms 29:5 . R. Roberts, My Late Ministry, p. 238. Psalms 29:9 , Psalms 29:10 . J. Keble, Sermons for the Christian Year: Ascension Day to Trinity, p. 124; C. J. Vaughan, Christian World Pulpit, vol. xxii., p. 209.

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Nicoll, William R. "Commentary on Psalms 28". "Sermon Bible Commentary". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/sbc/psalms-28.html.