For the music director; by the Lord’s servant David, who sang40 to the Lord the words of this song when41 the Lord rescued him from the power42 of all his enemies, including Saul.43
18:1 He said:1
“I love2 you, Lord, my source of strength!3
18:2 The Lord is my high ridge,4 my stronghold,5 my deliverer.
My God is my rocky summit where6 I take shelter,7
my shield, the horn that saves me,8 and my refuge.9
18:3 I called10 to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,11
and I was delivered from my enemies.
18:4 The waves12 of death engulfed me,
the currents13 of chaos14 overwhelmed me.15
18:5 The ropes of Sheol tightened around me,16
the snares of death trapped me.17
18:6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried out to my God.18
From his heavenly temple19 he heard my voice;
he listened to my cry for help.20
18:7 The earth heaved and shook;21
the roots of the mountains22 trembled;23
they heaved because he was angry.
18:8 Smoke ascended from24 his nose;25
fire devoured as it came from his mouth;26
he hurled down fiery coals.27
18:9 He made the sky sink28 as he descended;
a thick cloud was under his feet.
18:10 He mounted29 a winged angel30 and flew;
he glided31 on the wings of the wind.32
18:11 He shrouded himself in darkness,33
in thick rain clouds.34
18:12 From the brightness in front of him came
hail and fiery coals.35
18:13 The Lord thundered36 in37 the sky;
the sovereign One38 shouted.39
18:14 He shot his40 arrows and scattered them,41
many lightning bolts42 and routed them.43
18:15 The depths44 of the sea45 were exposed;
the inner regions46 of the world were uncovered
by the powerful breath from your nose.49
18:16 He reached down50 from above and took hold of me;
he pulled me from the surging water.51
18:17 He rescued me from my strong enemy,52
from those who hate me,
for they were too strong for me.
18:18 They confronted53 me in my day of calamity,
but the Lord helped me.54
18:19 He brought me out into a wide open place;
he delivered me because he was pleased with me.55
18:20 The Lord repaid56 me for my godly deeds;57
he rewarded58 my blameless behavior.59
18:21 For I have obeyed the Lord’s commands;60
I have not rebelled against my God.61
18:22 For I am aware of all his regulations,62
and I do not reject his rules.63
18:23 I was innocent before him,
and kept myself from sinning.64
18:24 The Lord rewarded me for my godly deeds;65
he took notice of my blameless behavior.66
18:25 You prove to be loyal67 to one who is faithful;68
you prove to be trustworthy69 to one who is innocent.70
18:26 You prove to be reliable71 to one who is blameless,
but you prove to be deceptive72 to one who is perverse.73
18:27 For you deliver oppressed74 people,
but you bring down those who have a proud look.75
18:28 Indeed,76 you are my lamp, Lord.77
My God78 illuminates the darkness around me.79
18:29 Indeed,80 with your help81 I can charge against82 an army;83
by my God’s power84 I can jump over a wall.85
18:30 The one true God acts in a faithful manner;86
the Lord’s promise87 is reliable;88
he is a shield to all who take shelter89 in him.
18:31 Indeed,90 who is God besides the Lord?
Who is a protector91 besides our God?92
18:32 The one true God93 gives94 me strength;95
he removes96 the obstacles in my way.97
18:33 He gives me the agility of a deer;98
he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.99
18:34 He trains my hands for battle;100
my arms can bend even the strongest bow.101
18:35 You give me your protective shield;102
your right hand supports me;103
your willingness to help104 enables me to prevail.105
18:36 You widen my path;106
my feet107 do not slip.
18:37 I chase my enemies and catch108 them;
I do not turn back until I wipe them out.
18:38 I beat them109 to death;110
they fall at my feet.111
18:39 You give me strength112 for battle;
you make my foes kneel before me.113
18:40 You make my enemies retreat;114
I destroy those who hate me.115
18:41 They cry out, but there is no one to help them;116
they cry out to the Lord,117 but he does not answer them.
18:42 I grind them as fine windblown dust;118
I beat them underfoot119 like clay120 in the streets.
18:43 You rescue me from a hostile army;121
you make me122 a leader of nations;
people over whom I had no authority are now my subjects.123
18:44 When they hear of my exploits, they submit to me.124
Foreigners are powerless125 before me;
18:45 foreigners lose their courage;126
they shake with fear127 as they leave128 their strongholds.129
18:46 The Lord is alive!130
My protector131 is praiseworthy!132
The God who delivers me133 is exalted as king!134
18:47 The one true God135 completely vindicates me;136
he makes nations submit to me.137
18:48 He delivers me138 from my enemies;
you snatch me away139 from those who attack me;140
you rescue me from violent men.
18:49 So I will give you thanks before the nations,141 O Lord!
I will sing praises to you!142
18:50 He143 gives his chosen king magnificent victories;144
he is faithful145 to his chosen ruler,146
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