Read Psalm 28 today.
Who is the Lord for the psalmist? For the people?
What does the psalmist ask of God?
Even when we doubt, we can cry out to the Lord.
As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads.
For any urgent needs and fears that are in your life.
For increased trust in God’s timing to meet needs in your life.
For the Lord’s gentle hand to walk with you through your fears and needs.
That, no matter what we are thinking or feeling, we would believe we can go to God and talk to him.
My Strength and Shield
David’s poetic praise to God
1 I’m pleading with you, Yahweh, 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.
2 Hear my cry for help as I turn toward your mercy seat,
as I lift my hands toward your sacred sanctuary.
3 Don’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.
4 Go ahead and punish them as they deserve.
Let them be paid back for all their evil plans
in proportion to their wickedness.
5 Since they don’t care anything about you,
or understand the great things you’ve done,
take them down like an old building being demolished,
never again to be rebuilt.
6 But Yahweh, may your name be blessed and built up!
For you have answered my passionate cry for mercy.
7 Yahweh is my strength and my wraparound shield.
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!
8 You will be the inner strength of all your people,
Yahweh, the mighty protector of all,
and the saving strength for all your anointed ones.
9 Save your people whom you love, and bless your chosen ones.
Be our shepherd leading us forward,
forever carrying us in your arms!