A Short Study of Psalm 28:9

“Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.”
(Psalm 28:9)


David in this last verse of this Psalm closes with a sincere and fervent prayer for the LORD’s people. He prays for vital things that we as sinners desperately and constantly need. Let us make this our prayer!

1) Save thy people…

Who are these people? They belong to Christ by electing love (John 6:37; Ephesians 1:3-6). They are His by redeeming blood, He bought them (Acts 20:28; 1st Corinthians 6:20; 1st Peter 1:18-20). They are His by an effectual call of grace (2nd Timothy 1:9; 1st Peter 2:9). What do Christ’s people need? Salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ, for “All we like sheep have gone astray.” Our Lord Jesus came to seek out and to save His lost sheep (Luke 19:10).

2) Bless thine inheritance…

Those who are the heirs of salvation, (Romans 8:17). In Christ we have a blessed and eternal inheritance; “An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” (1st Peter 1:3). LORD, bless your inheritance; the sheep of your hand and the people of thy pasture (Psalm 95:7). Bless your people with all spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3-6). Bless your people with greater zeal and passion for the gospel of the free and sovereign grace (Philippians. 1:27). Bless your people with greater confidence and assurance of complete salvation in Christ alone and grace alone (Philippians 3:7-9; Colossians 2:9-10).

3) Feed them…

What do the sheep desire to eat, sheep food? Christ is the Bread of life, (John 6:35). The Scripture is all about Christ, we feed on Him through the Word of life (John 5:39). God’s servants are charged to, “Feed the church of God, that he purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28; 2nd Timothy 4:1-2; 1st Peter 5:1-3)

4) Lift them up for ever…

Lord, lift them up from the dungeon of sin (Psalm 40:2), lift them up from the curse of the law, lift them up from the dunghill of works, lift them and make them one with Christ and lift them up to glory with Christ forever. “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:5-6)


T. Harding

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