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PSALM 28 - Pave the Way 29 Nov 2019
Prayer can be paving the way for good things. A drum roll (see picture) is a heavy tool used to build roads. David paves the road for prayer with voicing out loud his struggle. He even asks God, please do not listen to the words. I am hurt. After clearing his heart, his focus changes to the God who hears his prayer. And his heart is filled with thanksgiving. After having paved the way, David prays for blessing for his enemies and the inhabitants of all Israel.
I really love psalm 28. It shows and testifies how prayer can transform the one who prays.
To you, Yahweh, I cry, my rock, do not be deaf to me!
If you stay silent I shall be like those who sink into oblivion.
2 Hear the sound of my prayer when I call upon you,
when I raise my hands, Yahweh, towards your Holy of Holies.
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked, with evil-doers,
who talk to their partners of peace with treachery in their hearts.
4 Repay them as their deeds deserve,
as befits their treacherous actions;
as befits their handiwork repay them,
let their deserts fall back on themselves.
5 They do not comprehend the deeds of Yahweh,
the work of his hands.
May he pull them down and not rebuild them!
6 Blessed be Yahweh for he hears the sound of my prayer.
7 Yahweh is my strength and my shield, in him my heart trusts.
I have been helped; my body has recovered its vigour,
with all my heart I thank him.
8 Yahweh is the strength of his people,
a safe refuge for his anointed.
9 Save your people, bless your heritage,
shepherd them and carry them for ever!
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.
Heavy tool to pave the way