The Lord Is My Strength and My Shield
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blessed be the Lord!
For he has u heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
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.
The Lord is the strength of his people;
he is y the saving refuge of his anointed.
Oh, save your people and bless z your heritage!
a Be their shepherd and b carry them forever.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
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.
You have seen, O Lord ; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me!
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.
O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
Be not silent, O God of my praise!
I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength.
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.
I say to the Lord, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!
Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
"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.
I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
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.
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.
Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men.
They shall fall amid those who are slain by the sword. Egypt is delivered to the sword; drag her away, and all her multitudes.
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.
For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.
Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
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
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.
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.
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.
O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us!
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.
Because they turned aside from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
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.
But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee like a bird to your mountain.
I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.
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.
For they are your people and your heritage, whom you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.
But the Lord 's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.
Psalms 78:71 - 72
From following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance.
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.
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.
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.