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Praise for God’s Deliverance

22 Then David aspoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had bdelivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. And he csaid:

d“The Lord is my rock and my efortress and my deliverer;

3 The God of my strength, fin whom I will trust;

My gshield and the hhorn 1of my salvation,

My istronghold and my jrefuge;

My Savior, You save me from violence.

4 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;

So shall I be saved from my enemies.

5 “When the waves of death surrounded me,

The floods of ungodliness 2made me afraid.

6 The ksorrows of Sheol surrounded me;

The snares of death confronted me.

7 In my distress lI called upon the Lord,

And cried out to my God;

He mheard my voice from His temple,

And my cry entered His ears.

8 “Then nthe earth shook and trembled;

oThe foundations of 3heaven quaked and were shaken,

Because He was angry.

9 Smoke went up from His nostrils,

And devouring pfire from His mouth;

Coals were kindled by it.

10 He qbowed the heavens also, and came down

With rdarkness under His feet.

11 He rode upon a cherub, and flew;

And He 4was seen supon the wings of the wind.

12 He made tdarkness canopies around Him,

Dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

13 From the brightness before Him

Coals of fire were kindled.

14 “The Lord uthundered from heaven,

And the Most High uttered His voice.

15 He sent out varrows and scattered them;

Lightning bolts, and He vanquished them.

16 Then the channels of the sea wwere seen,

The foundations of the world were uncovered,

At the xrebuke of the Lord,

At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.

17 “He ysent from above, He took me,

He drew me out of many waters.

18 He delivered me from my strong enemy,

From those who hated me;

For they were too strong for me.

19 They confronted me in the day of my calamity,

But the Lord was my zsupport.

20 aHe also brought me out into a broad place;

He delivered me because He bdelighted in me.

21 “The cLord rewarded me according to my righteousness;

According to the dcleanness of my hands

He has recompensed me.

22 For I have ekept the ways of the Lord,

And have not wickedly departed from my God.

23 For all His fjudgments were before me;

And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.

24 I was also gblameless before Him,

And I kept myself from my iniquity.

25 Therefore hthe Lord has 5recompensed me according to my righteousness,

According to 6my cleanness in His eyes.

26 “With ithe merciful You will show Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;

27 With the pure You will show Yourself pure;

And jwith the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.

28 You will save the khumble 7people;

But Your eyes are on lthe haughty, that You may bring them down.

29 “For You are my mlamp, O Lord;

The Lord shall enlighten my darkness.

30 For by You I can run against a troop;

By my God I can leap over a nwall.

31 As for God, oHis way is perfect;

pThe word of the Lord is proven;

He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

32 “For qwho is God, except the Lord?

And who is a rock, except our God?

33 8God is my rstrength and power,

And He smakes 9my way tperfect.

34 He makes 1my feet ulike the feet of deer,

And vsets me on my high places.

35 He teaches my hands 2to make war,

So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

36 “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;

Your gentleness has made me great.

37 You wenlarged my path under me;

So my feet did not slip.

38 “I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them;

Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.

39 And I have destroyed them and wounded them,

So that they could not rise;

They have fallen xunder my feet.

40 For You have yarmed me with strength for the battle;

You have 3subdued under me zthose who rose against me.

41 You have also 4given me the anecks of my enemies,

So that I destroyed those who hated me.

42 They looked, but there was none to save;

Even bto the Lord, but He did not answer them.

43 Then I beat them as fine cas the dust of the earth;

I trod them dlike dirt in the streets,

And I 5spread them out.

44 “You ehave also delivered me from the 6strivings of my people;

You have kept me as the fhead of the nations.

gA people I have not known shall serve me.

45 The foreigners submit to me;

As soon as they hear, they obey me.

46 The foreigners fade away,

And 7come frightened hfrom their hideouts.

47 “The Lord lives!

Blessed be my Rock!

Let God be exalted,

The iRock of my salvation!

48 It is God who avenges me,

And jsubdues the peoples under me;

49 He delivers me from my enemies.

You also lift me up above those who rise against me;

You have delivered me from the kviolent man.

50 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among lthe Gentiles,

And sing praises to Your mname.

51He nis the tower of salvation to His king,

And shows mercy to His oanointed,

To David and phis descendants forevermore.”


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