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Our Common Prayerbook 28 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Thanksgiving is a fruit that does not grow naturally among humans. Perhaps it grows easier for some than for others, but it is not uncommon for someone to experience something wonderful, something for which they had even pleaded with God, and then forget to give thanks. One thinks of the famous story of Jesus and the ten lepers.

But David shows us another way: he pleads with God for protection; he doesn’t even bother to tell us the specifics of how God answered his prayer; but he does write out his praise to God for what God has done.
Notice his words:
6      Praise be to the LORD,

for he has heard my cry for mercy. 
His praise leads him to a renewed confession about God that leads him further into his own disposition toward God: he trusts.
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
David’s experience of God’s grace leads not only to praise but also to intercede with God for God to bless others.
8      Save your people and bless your inheritance;

be their shepherd and carry them forever.

Psa. 28:0    Of David.
Psa. 28:1    To you, LORD, I call;
you are my Rock,
do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you remain silent,
I will be like those who go down to the pit. 
Hear my cry for mercy
as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
toward your Most Holy Place.
Psa. 28:3    Do not drag me away with the wicked,
with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
but harbor malice in their hearts. 
Repay them for their deeds
and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done
and bring back on them what they deserve.
Psa. 28:5    Because they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD
and what his hands have done,
he will tear them down
and never build them up again.
Psa. 28:6    Praise be to the LORD,
for he has heard my cry for mercy. 
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
Psa. 28:8    The LORD is the strength of his people,
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. 
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.


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