Psalm 28

Psalm 28

The psalmist is in dire need. He fears that, without God’s help, he is doomed to die and fall into the netherworld. (At the psalmist’s time there was no clear notion of an afterlife.)

Yet, he is convinced that God cares. God is his “rock.” God will hold him up in his struggles. He knows that God has him and the whole world in his hands.

His main problem seems to be people who pretend to be friends, but have “evil in their hearts.” Because they are such hypocrites, God will tear them down, never to be rebuilt.

Perhaps because of an assuring word from a priest in the temple, the psalmist is suddenly convinced that God has not abandoned him. He rejoices and praises God in song.

The psalmist broadens his vision and includes the people and the anointed king in his prayer. We make his prayer our own by including all people and our leaders in prayer.

So also did Jesus, our anointed king, put all his trust in his Father. The Father was with him in persecution and through his whole process of dying all the way to his resurrection and ascension.


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About the Author

Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., after ordination in 1955, did further studies in Scripture. He taught Scripture to seminarians for 15 years. He has been editor of Sunday Homily Helps for more than 25 years.