We call on the LORD for help—and at the same time recognize that He has heard our cries for mercy.

BibleGateway: Psalm 28

ESV Text: Psalm 28

Psalm 28 (Listen)

The Lord Is My Strength and My Shield

Of David.

28:1   To you, O LORD, I call;
    my rock, be not deaf to me,
  lest, if you be silent to me,
    I become like those who go down to the pit.
  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.1

  Do not drag me off with the wicked,
    with the workers of evil,
  who speak peace with their neighbors
    while evil is in their hearts.
  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;
    render them their due reward.
  Because they 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 heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
  The LORD is my strength and my shield;
    in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
  my heart exults,
    and with my song I give thanks to him.

  The LORD is the strength of his people;2
    he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
  Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
    Be their shepherd and carry them forever.


[1] 28:2 Hebrew your innermost sanctuary

[2] 28:8 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts is their strength


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 28:

     1 A Psalm of David. Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. 2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle. 3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts. 4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. 5 Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

     6 Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. 7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. 9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 456:
Approach, my Soul, the Mercy Seat

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat 
Where Jesus answers prayer; 
There humbly fall before His feet, 
For none can perish there. 

2. Thy promise is my only plea, 
With this I venture nigh; 
Thou callest burdened souls to Thee, 
And such, O Lord, am I. 

3. Bowed down beneath a load of sin, 
By Satan sorely pressed, 
By wars without and fears within, 
I come to Thee for rest. 

4. Be Thou my Shield and Hiding-place, 
That, sheltered near Thy side, 
I may my fierce Accuser face 
And tell him Thou hast died. 

5. O wondrous Love, to bleed and die, 
To bear the cross and shame, 
That guilty sinners such as I 
Might plead Thy gracious name!