A REQUEST FROM DAVID TO THE LORD
By Wayne S. Walker
"Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; shepherd them also, and bear them up forever" (Psalm 28:9). David requests the Lord to do four things. First, he said, "Save Your people." Undoubtedly, this referred to God’s preserving Israel. However, we know that God’s ultimate goal is to save people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). Therefore, He sent His only Son "to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). We can be saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:8-9). Thus, those who want to be saved from sin must obey the teaching of Jesus.
Next, David asked, "Bless Your inheritance." We usually think of an inheritance as something that a father leaves to his children. However, the Bible teaches that Christians are God’s inheritance. "In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will" (Ephesians 1:11). The verse literally says, "in whom also we were chosen as [His] inheritance." Just as a son would value the inheritance left by his father, so God values His children as His own inheritance. In addition, because Christians are His children, He has for them "an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven" for them (1 Peter 1:4).
Then David tells the Lord, "Shepherd them also." The purpose of a shepherd is to lead his sheep where they can find food, water, protection, and rest. The Christian can truly say, "The LORD is my Shepherd" (Psalm 23:1). Jesus came to be the Good Shepherd who seeks the sheep that have wandered from the fold and then leads the flock to eternal life (Luke 15:1-7, John 10:11-28). He will shepherd us and lead us to living fountains of waters (Revelation 7:17).
Finally, David beseeches, "Bear them up forever." God reminded the Israelites, "You see what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself" (Exodus 19:4). He promises His people, "Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you" (Isaiah 46:4). God will bear us up by not allowing us to be tempted beyond what we are able (1 Corinthians 10:13). Therefore, we can make our requests known to Him, find grace to help in time of need, and cast all our cares on Him (Philippians 4:6, Hebrews 4:16, 1 Peter 5:7).