My Strength and Shield
David’s poetic praise to God
1I’m pleading with you, Lord, help me!
Don’t close your ears to my cry, for you’re my defender.
If you continue to remain aloof and refuse to answer me,
I might as well give up and die.
2Can’t you see me turning toward your mercy seat
as I lift my hands in surrendered prayer?
Now, Lord, please listen to my cry.
3Don’t allow me to be punished along with the wicked—
these hypocrites who speak sweetly to their neighbors’ faces
while holding evil against them in their hearts.
4Go ahead and punish them as they deserve.
Let them be paid back for all their evil plans
in proportion to their wickedness.
5Since they don’t care anything about you,
or about the great things you’ve done,
take them down like an old building being demolished,
never again to be rebuilt.
6But may your name be blessed and built up!
For you have answered my passionate cry for mercy.
7You are my strength and my shield from every danger.
When I fully trust in you, help is on the way.
I jump for joy and burst forth with ecstatic, passionate praise!
I will sing songs of what you mean to me!
8You will be the inner strength of all your people,
the mighty protector of all,
the saving strength for all your anointed ones.
9Keep protecting and cherishing your chosen ones;
in you they will never fall.
Like a shepherd going before us, keep leading us forward,
forever carrying us in your arms!