you are my strength.
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.
and he saved me from my enemies.
floods of destruction swept over me.
5 The grave* wrapped its ropes around me;
death laid a trap in my path.
yes, I prayed to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary;
my cry to him reached his ears.
The foundations of the mountains shook;
they quaked because of his anger.
fierce flames leaped from his mouth.
Glowing coals blazed forth from him.
dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.
10 Mounted on a mighty angelic being,* he flew,
soaring on the wings of the wind.
veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.
and rained down hail and burning coals.*
the voice of the Most High resounded
amid the hail and burning coals.
great bolts of lightning flashed, and they were confused.
at the blast of your breath,
the bottom of the sea could be seen,
and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.
he drew me out of deep waters.
from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
but the Lord supported me.
he rescued me because he delights in me.
he restored me because of my innocence.
I have not turned from my God to follow evil.
I have never abandoned his decrees.
I have kept myself from sin.
He has seen my innocence.
to those with integrity you show integrity.
but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
but you humiliate the proud.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
with my God I can scale any wall.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
Who but our God is a solid rock?
and he makes my way perfect.
enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
Your right hand supports me;
your help* has made me great.
to keep them from slipping.
I did not stop until they were conquered.
they fell beneath my feet.
you have subdued my enemies under my feet.
I have destroyed all who hated me.
They even cried to the Lord, but he refused to answer.
I swept them into the gutter like dirt.
You appointed me ruler over nations;
people I don’t even know now serve me.
foreign nations cringe before me.
and come trembling from their strongholds.
May the God of my salvation be exalted!
he subdues the nations under me
You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies;
you save me from violent opponents.
I will sing praises to your name.
you show unfailing love to your anointed,
to David and all his descendants forever.
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