Bible: Psalm 18

Psalm 18 1 

18:1 For the music director; by the Lord’s servant David, who sang 2  to the Lord the words of this song when 3  the Lord rescued him from the power 4  of all his enemies, including Saul. 5 

He said: 6 

“I love 7  you, Lord, my source of strength! 8 

18:2 The Lord is my high ridge, 9  my stronghold, 10  my deliverer.

My God is my rocky summit where 11  I take shelter, 12 

my shield, the horn that saves me, 13  and my refuge. 14 

18:3 I called 15  to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, 16 

and I was delivered from my enemies.

18:4 The waves 17  of death engulfed me,

the currents 18  of chaos 19  overwhelmed me. 20 

18:5 The ropes of Sheol tightened around me, 21 

the snares of death trapped me. 22 

18:6 In my distress I called to the Lord;

I cried out to my God. 23 

From his heavenly temple 24  he heard my voice;

he listened to my cry for help. 25 

18:7 The earth heaved and shook; 26 

the roots of the mountains 27  trembled; 28 

they heaved because he was angry.

18:8 Smoke ascended from 29  his nose; 30 

fire devoured as it came from his mouth; 31 

he hurled down fiery coals. 32 

18:9 He made the sky sink 33  as he descended;

a thick cloud was under his feet.

18:10 He mounted 34  a winged angel 35  and flew;

he glided 36  on the wings of the wind. 37 

18:11 He shrouded himself in darkness, 38 

in thick rain clouds. 39 

18:12 From the brightness in front of him came

hail and fiery coals. 40 

18:13 The Lord thundered 41  in 42  the sky;

the sovereign One 43  shouted. 44 

18:14 He shot his 45  arrows and scattered them, 46 

many lightning bolts 47  and routed them. 48 

18:15 The depths 49  of the sea 50  were exposed;

the inner regions 51  of the world were uncovered

by 52  your battle cry, 53  Lord,

by the powerful breath from your nose. 54 

18:16 He reached down 55  from above and took hold of me;

he pulled me from the surging water. 56 

18:17 He rescued me from my strong enemy, 57 

from those who hate me,

for they were too strong for me.

18:18 They confronted 58  me in my day of calamity,

but the Lord helped me. 59 

18:19 He brought me out into a wide open place;

he delivered me because he was pleased with me. 60 

18:20 The Lord repaid 61  me for my godly deeds; 62 

he rewarded 63  my blameless behavior. 64 

18:21 For I have obeyed the Lord’s commands; 65 

I have not rebelled against my God. 66 

18:22 For I am aware of all his regulations, 67 

and I do not reject his rules. 68 

18:23 I was innocent before him,

and kept myself from sinning. 69 

18:24 The Lord rewarded me for my godly deeds; 70 

he took notice of my blameless behavior. 71 

18:25 You prove to be loyal 72  to one who is faithful; 73 

you prove to be trustworthy 74  to one who is innocent. 75 

18:26 You prove to be reliable 76  to one who is blameless,

but you prove to be deceptive 77  to one who is perverse. 78 

18:27 For you deliver oppressed 79  people,

but you bring down those who have a proud look. 80 

18:28 Indeed, 81  you are my lamp, Lord. 82 

My God 83  illuminates the darkness around me. 84 

18:29 Indeed, 85  with your help 86  I can charge against 87  an army; 88 

by my God’s power 89  I can jump over a wall. 90 

18:30 The one true God acts in a faithful manner; 91 

the Lord’s promise 92  is reliable; 93 

he is a shield to all who take shelter 94  in him.

18:31 Indeed, 95  who is God besides the Lord?

Who is a protector 96  besides our God? 97 

18:32 The one true God 98  gives 99  me strength; 100 

he removes 101  the obstacles in my way. 102 

18:33 He gives me the agility of a deer; 103 

he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain. 104 

18:34 He trains my hands for battle; 105 

my arms can bend even the strongest bow. 106 

18:35 You give me your protective shield; 107 

your right hand supports me; 108 

your willingness to help 109  enables me to prevail. 110 

18:36 You widen my path; 111 

my feet 112  do not slip.

18:37 I chase my enemies and catch 113  them;

I do not turn back until I wipe them out.

18:38 I beat them 114  to death; 115 

they fall at my feet. 116 

18:39 You give me strength 117  for battle;

you make my foes kneel before me. 118 

18:40 You make my enemies retreat; 119 

I destroy those who hate me. 120 

18:41 They cry out, but there is no one to help them; 121 

they cry out to the Lord, 122  but he does not answer them.

18:42 I grind them as fine windblown dust; 123 

I beat them underfoot 124  like clay 125  in the streets.

18:43 You rescue me from a hostile army; 126 

you make me 127  a leader of nations;

people over whom I had no authority are now my subjects. 128 

18:44 When they hear of my exploits, they submit to me. 129 

Foreigners are powerless 130  before me;

18:45 foreigners lose their courage; 131 

they shake with fear 132  as they leave 133  their strongholds. 134 

18:46 The Lord is alive! 135 

My protector 136  is praiseworthy! 137 

The God who delivers me 138  is exalted as king! 139 

18:47 The one true God 140  completely vindicates me; 141 

he makes nations submit to me. 142 

18:48 He delivers me 143  from my enemies;

you snatch me away 144  from those who attack me; 145 

you rescue me from violent men.

18:49 So I will give you thanks before the nations, 146  O Lord!

I will sing praises to you! 147 

18:50 He 148  gives his chosen king magnificent victories; 149 

he is faithful 150  to his chosen ruler, 151 

to David and his descendants 152  forever.” 153 

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