1 I pray to you, O Lord, my rock.
Do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you are silent,
I might as well give up and die.
2 Listen to my prayer for mercy
as I cry out to you for help,
as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked—
with those who do evil—
those who speak friendly words to their neighbors
while planning evil in their hearts.
4 Give them the punishment they so richly deserve!
Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness.
Pay them back for all their evil deeds!
Give them a taste of what they have done to others.
5 They care nothing for what the Lord has done
or for what his hands have made.
So he will tear them down,
and they will never be rebuilt!
6 Praise the Lord!
For he has heard my cry for mercy.
7 The Lord is my strength and shield.
I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
8 The Lord gives his people strength.
He is a safe fortress for his anointed king.
9 Save your people!
Bless Israel, your special possession.
Lead them like a shepherd,
and carry them in your arms forever.
– Psalm 28
Key Verse: “Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.” Psalm 28:9
Have you ever picked up a child and carried them in your arms? What was the look on the child’s face? When the Bible says that God carries us, it implies that there are many times when we need additional help. Carrying someone requires strength, compassion, and a sense of good timing.
What are the ways that God carries you? 1) He carries you into forgiveness after your rebellion. 2) He carries you in trials as your own strength is depleted 3) He carries you into new victories and territories through times of transition. 4) He will carry you from the grave into His presence in heaven. David writes that his heart leaps for joy, and he thanks God in song. How do you respond to the One who carries you in His loving arms? Is there someone who you can tell about God’s ability to carry them?
Read more of Pastor Jesse Bradley’s interpretations of the Psalms in Overcoming Fears – Time in the Psalms