Psalm 28:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 28:2, NIV: Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

Psalm 28:2, ESV: Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

Psalm 28:2, KJV: Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

Psalm 28:2, NASB: Hear the sound of my pleadings when I cry to You for help, When I raise my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

Psalm 28:2, NLT: Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.

Psalm 28:2, CSB: Listen to the sound of my pleading when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your holy sanctuary.

What does Psalm 28:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David was mindful of right worship as he prayed. The tabernacle in Jerusalem was the site where God met His people and displayed His glory. This is the "holy sanctuary" to which David refers.

Daniel, living many centuries after David, was also mindful of right worship. When he heard that King Darius had issued an edict prohibiting his subjects from making a request to any god or man except himself or be executed (Daniel 6:6–9), Daniel continued to pray to the Lord. "He went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously" (Daniel 6:10).

As part of his prayer, David asks for both mercy and help. Believers today receive encouragement to offer a similar prayer. Hebrews 4:16 states: "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." "Mercy" implies not suffering deserved consequences, while "help" and "grace" both imply something actively and freely given.