Do not take me away with the wicked And with the workers of iniquity, Who speak peace to their neighbors, But evil is in their hearts. Psalm 28:3
A Prayer for Help and Praise for Its Answer
David calls on God, asking Him to show that He distinguishes between the wicked and godly. Sure that God has heard this prayer, David is moved to praise.
The psalm includes a prayer against David’s enemies and a royal invocation of praise to the Lord.
Answered prayer. There are some prayers that we can be sure God will answer, because they are so intimately bound up with who He is, or with His revealed purposes. When we pray for something that we know is in God’s revealed will or purposes, our hearts too should leap for joy.
28 1 A Psalm of David. To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock: Do not be silent to me, Lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. 2 Hear the voice of my supplications When I cry to You, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary. 3 Do not take me away with the wicked And with the workers of iniquity, Who speak peace to their neighbors, But evil is in their hearts. 4 Give them according to their deeds, And according to the wickedness of their endeavors; Give them according to the work of their hands; Render to them what they deserve. 5 Because they do not regard the works of the Lord, Nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them And not build them up.
6 Blessed be the Lord, Because He has heard the voice of my supplications! 7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. 8 The Lord is their strength, And He is the saving refuge of His anointed. 9 Save Your people, And bless Your inheritance; Shepherd them also, And bear them up forever.