For our Psalm 28 1 Commentary we’ll begin by noting that David begins by invoking and petitioning the Lord in verse 1.
KJV Psalm 28:1 <A Psalm of David.>
Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock;
be not silent to me:
lest, if thou be silent to me,
I become like them that go down into the pit.
Psalm 28 1 Commentary: “My Rock”
So, David invokes the Lord and identifies the Lord as his rock. His inaccessible stronghold that will remove him from danger. That’s how David is picturing the Lord.
Psalm 28 1 Commentary: “Unto Thee Will I Cry”
And it’s to this being – the Lord – that David is crying. He’s praying. And it’s an urgent matter.
Psalm 28 1 Commentary: “Be Not Silent”
David begs the Lord to not be silent in response to his prayer. David uses two different Hebrew words that communicate basically the same message.
The meaning of that first use of silent can emphasize deafness – the inability of a person to hear. While the second use of the word silent emphasizes the inability to speak.
So, David asks the Lord to not be closed off to him – both when it comes to the Lord hearing and responding to David’s desperate cry for help.
He needs God to both hear and respond to his request.
Psalm 28 1 Commentary: “The Pit”
Well, what will happen – in David’s mind – if the Lord remains silent to his cry? He will go down to the pit. In other words, he will die.
Psalm 28 1 Commentary: “Bor, Not Sheol”
The word behind pit here is not sheol (which is often used in the context of death) but rather bor which is term that can refer to a literal pit dug into the ground – even a well. And what’s interesting is that that word rhymes with the word behind rock in the first line of verse 1.
Psalm 28 1 Commentary: “Rock and Pit”
So, there’s a little word play involved here. David cries out to his rock (Hebrew – tsor) lest he become like one who goes down to the pit (Hebrew – bor).
And just think of the contrast between those two realities – a high rocky protective summit…and a low dark dismal pit. And only if protection comes from that rock will David be able to avoid the pit.
Psalm 28 1 Commentary: Summary
So, this is how urgent David feels his request to be. If God does not answer David’s cry for help, David feels like he will die.
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