Psalm 28:5

Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord
    and what his hands have done,
he will tear them down
    and never build them up again.


3 thoughts on “Psalm 28:5”

  1. This reminds me of Hebrews 6:4-6 “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened,…if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance…”
    I was “brought back to repentance.” So why does the bible say stuff like this in Psalms “never build them up again” and in Hebrews “impossible to be brought back”? Is it possible the author of Hebrews was wrong? The answer is simply, no.
    Like most scriptural dilemmas, it is a matter of context. The author is stating a warning to these believers in Hebrews. Like telling them, “You don’t wanna even go there, because we can’t bring you back from there.” And I can attest to the truth of that. No one could tell me and I couldn’t get back out of that pit of shipwrecked faith myself. Only the Lord can bring you back, just like when you first got saved, it was the Lord who touched your heart and opened your eyes. But why go there, why risk 18 years of blindness before the Lord offers you faith again? It’s a good warning, and it’s one that I wish I had been taught before I rejected my faith.
    And I believe that it was up to the Lord to decide if I had gotten another chance. But boy I tell you that after 18 years of darkness, just speaking for myself, getting that switch flipped back on after all that time… well let it suffice to say that I am now the president of the White-Knuckle Faith Club of Southern California!
    Now that brings us to this verse in Psalms with King David saying that the Lord will NEVER build them up again…


  2. My reaction to David’s psalm was, “Who does David think he is? Who is he to be acting all self-righteous and praying for his enemies’ destruction?” David was such a sinner, and he’s begging for mercy for himself in this psalm… so why this harsh verse about other people who have sinned? Just doesn’t make sense.
    But then I could see that he was writing about the justice of God. The same concept still rings true even today on this side of the cross, as they say. People who are not covered by the Blood of Jesus, by the work of the Lord’s hands, who haven’t accepted the free gift of salvation – will be recompensed for their sins – they will pay every last penny to the court as it says in Matthew 5:26. But even before Jesus’ salvation offer was available, people like David cared about what God had to say, what God wanted, what God had done – there where people like David who loved the Lord, even though they were in need of a lot of mercy. So, did David get to Heaven without the atoning and redeeming Blood of Jesus? No, but I believe people that loved the Lord, such as John the Baptist, Elijah, Moses, Abraham, Abel, etc… people that died before the cross, before the resurrection – they were able to accept atonement and receive eternal life from somewhere that was a good place, referred to as Abraham’s bosom in Luke 16:22. But I digress, getting back to this whole business of NEVER building up those who do not show regard for God – so yes I agree with David in stating the finality of rejecting God all the way until you die. Again, just like in Hebrews, it IS a good warning. But next I must now confess that I am one of THOSE people who tend to spiritualize everything…


  3. Especially in the OT, as I read the Word I am looking for God to teach me something or remind me of something in which He knows I need to get stronger. That whole “living and active” thing in Hebrews 4:12 is what I am talking about. In fact that should be the foundational verse for this blog, because just by picking out one verse to discuss can speak to us individually – God is always meeting us where WE’RE at. This blog developed out of a game/bible study I made up a few years back called Scripture-By-Lot. Every week we’d have one verse to meet and discuss, we’d draw numbers to determine the order of our comments and responses to others’ comments. Most everyone would get a different emphasis from the same verse… it was a blast 🙂
    So, for example, this verse in Psalm 28, I am bringing up everything that comes up for me just in this one verse… there’s always a lot in there… always.. God’s Word is amazing to me. Now getting down to the spiritual interpretation of this verse. We can very simply see that David would like to “tear down” any kind of sin or treachery in his own heart AND he would like the Lord to “never build them up again”. Which means that he does not want to have that oppression of sin and bad decisions to happen again… he doesn’t want to make those same mistakes again. And we all know that David made some doosies in his day.
    And just a quick acknowledgement that this NIV version of this verse is the only one that says “never” build them up “again”. Seems like all the other versions translate it in a not so FINAL manner.


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