Ps 28:1-9. An earnest cry for divine aid against his enemies, as being also those of God, is followed by the Psalmist's praise in assurance of a favorable answer, and a prayer for all God's people.
1. my rock -- (Ps 18:2, 31).
be not silent to me -- literally, |from me,| deaf or inattentive.
become like them, &c. -- share their fate.
go down into the pit -- or, |grave| (Ps 30:3).
2. lift up my hands -- a gesture of prayer (Ps 63:4; 141:2).
oracle -- place of speaking (Ex 25:22; Nu 7:89), where God answered His people (compare Ps 5:7).
3. Draw me not away -- implies punishment as well as death (compare Ps 26:9). Hypocrisy is the special wickedness mentioned.
4. The imprecation is justified in Ps 28:5. The force of the passage is greatly enhanced by the accumulation of terms describing their sin.
endeavours -- points out their deliberate sinfulness.
5. Disregard of God's judgments brings a righteous punishment.
destroy ... build ... up -- The positive strengthened by the negative form.
6. supplications -- or, |cries for mercy.|
7. The repetition of |heart| denotes his sincerity.
8. The distinction made between the people.
their strength -- and the anointed -- may indicate Absalom's rebellion as the occasion.
9. The special prayer for the people sustains this view.
feed them -- as a shepherd (Ps 23:1, &c.).