Psalm 28 – You’re My Strength and Shield

From “The Book of PSALMS in Rhyme” by Brendan Conboy, being published August 30, 2021, when inks will be added here.

A poem of praise to God – by King David.

1 Help me! Lord, my Rock, hear my plea!

Listen! Give me your guarantee!

If your hearing is depraved,

I will go down to the grave.

Without your reply, I might as well die!

2 Can you hear me crying out?

For your mercy I do shout.

I surrender before your mercy seat.

I pray Lord, hear me weep!

3 Don’t drag me away with the nefarious.

Those hypocrites are so iniquitous.

Talk sweetly to their neighbours, they’re such a farce,

while holding evil against them, in their rotten hearts.

4 Give them everything they deserve.

Don’t hold back, no reserve!

Pay back according to their deeds.

5 Since they don’t care or believe,

in you and what you have accomplished.

Flatten them like a building being demolished.

6 Praise God, who heard my plea! My call for mercy.

7 You’re my strength and shield,

protecting me from harm.

My heart trusts you, no need for an alarm.

I break into song, jump with joy,

in praise I raise my arms!

8 You will be my strength augmentation,

anointed stronghold of my salvation!

9 Save your bequest, let none ever fall.

Like a shepherd, carrying, leading, forevermore!


Four main translations that were used as a guide were:  The Passion, NIV UK, Amplified Classic and the Good News Bible.  In addition, at times reference was sought in the original Hebrew, using the Blue Letter Bible.

On the sixth day, God created mankind in his own image, therefore, he created creators! I have been creating for my entire life. Like many small children, I used to create and live out my own fantasies in play (often quite constructive and ingenious). Creativity has filled every corner of my working life, firstly in engineering, then construction, before settling into charity development and youth work. As a youth worker, I used creativity every day, but especially in helping to shape and form the lives of young people. It reminds me that God is the Potter, and he moulds and forms us all, just like clay (Isaiah 64:8). Now, in my latter years, I have returned to the storytelling of my youth, and I love to use all the skills and tools I have gained on my journey of life. I have over 40 years of experience in business and charity development, mainly in in three areas, income generation, communication, and governance. Though I do still offer advice in these areas, my passion is in communication and to communicate creatively and artistically in as many ways possible, but especially in poetry. The Book of Psalms in Rhyme, is perhaps the most exciting writing project that I have every been involved in and it is scheduled to be published in August 31 2021. As I started listening to God and working on this project, I felt God saying to me, "Everything else that you have done before now, was in preparation for this". All 150 of the Psalms were written to be sung out loud and that really is the best way to read this book, out loud. This rhyming translation I have written is accurate and extremely easy to read. A sample of them is presented here.