Psalm 28

The Lord Is My Strength and My Shield

Of David.

To you, O Lord, I call;
j my rock, be not deaf to me,
lest, if you k be silent to me,
I become like those who l go down to the pit.
2 m Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy,
when I cry to you for help,
when I n lift up my hands
o toward your most holy sanctuary. 1

3 Do not p drag me off with the wicked,
with the workers of evil,
q who speak peace with their neighbors
while evil is in their hearts.
4 r Give to them according to their work
and according to the evil of their deeds;
give to them according to the work of their hands;
s render them their due reward.
5 Because they t do not regard the works of the Lord
or the work of his hands,
he will tear them down and build them up no more.

6 Blessed be the Lord!
For he has u heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
7 The Lord is my strength and v my shield;
in him my heart w trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my x song I give thanks to him.

8 The Lord is the strength of his people; 2
he is y the saving refuge of his anointed.
9 Oh, save your people and bless z your heritage!
a Be their shepherd and b carry them forever.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 18:2
    The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 35:22
    You have seen, O Lord ; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me!
    Psalms 39:12
    Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.
    Psalms 83:1
    O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
    Psalms 109:1
    Be not silent, O God of my praise!
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 88:4
    I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength.
    Psalms 143:7
    Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 140:6
    I say to the Lord, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 134:2
    Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!
    Psalms 141:2
    Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
    Lamentations 2:19
    "Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street."
    1 Timothy 2:8
    I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.
    Psalms 119:48
    I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 5:7
    But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you.
    Psalms 138:2
    I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
    1 Kings 8:29
    That your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you have said, 'My name shall be there,' that you may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 26:9
    Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men.
    Ezekiel 32:20
    They shall fall amid those who are slain by the sword. Egypt is delivered to the sword; drag her away, and all her multitudes.
  8. Cross References
    Jeremiah 9:8
    Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully; with his mouth each speaks peace to his neighbor, but in his heart he plans an ambush for him.
    Psalms 5:9
    For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.
    Psalms 12:2
    Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
    Psalms 55:21
    His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
    Psalms 62:4
    They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah
  9. Cross References
    Jeremiah 50:15
    Raise a shout against her all around; she has surrendered; her bulwarks have fallen; her walls are thrown down. For this is the vengeance of the Lord : take vengeance on her; do to her as she has done.
    Jeremiah 50:29
    Summon archers against Babylon, all those who bend the bow. Encamp around her; let no one escape. Repay her according to her deeds; do to her according to all that she has done. For she has proudly defied the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.
    Revelation 18:6
    Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
    2 Timothy 4:14
    Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 137:8
    O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us!
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 5:12
    They have lyre and harp, tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts, but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord, or see the work of his hands.
    Job 34:27
    Because they turned aside from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 28:2
    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.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 3:3
    But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 11:1
    In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee like a bird to your mountain.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 69:30
    I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 140:7
    O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.
    Psalms 20:6
    Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.
  17. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 9:29
    For they are your people and your heritage, whom you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.
    Deuteronomy 32:9
    But the Lord 's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 78:71 - 72
    From following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance.
  19. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:11
    He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
    Isaiah 46:3
    Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb.
    Isaiah 63:9
    In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
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