Psalms 18

Psalm 181

For the music director; by the Lord’s servant David, who sang2 to the Lord the words of this song when3 the Lord rescued him from the power4 of all his enemies, including Saul.5

18:1 He said:6

“I love7 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 where11 I take shelter,12

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

18:3 I called15 to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,16

and I was delivered from my enemies.

18:4 The waves17 of death engulfed me,

the currents18 of chaos19 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 temple24 he heard my voice;

he listened to my cry for help.25

18:7 The earth heaved and shook;26

the roots of the mountains27 trembled;28

they heaved because he was angry.

18:8 Smoke ascended from29 his nose;30

fire devoured as it came from his mouth;31

he hurled down fiery coals.32

18:9 He made the sky sink33 as he descended;

a thick cloud was under his feet.

18:10 He mounted34 a winged angel35 and flew;

he glided36 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 thundered41 in42 the sky;

the sovereign One43 shouted.44

18:14 He shot his45 arrows and scattered them,46

many lightning bolts47 and routed them.48

18:15 The depths49 of the sea50 were exposed;

the inner regions51 of the world were uncovered

by52 your battle cry,53 Lord,

by the powerful breath from your nose.54

18:16 He reached down55 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 confronted58 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 repaid61 me for my godly deeds;62

he rewarded63 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 loyal72 to one who is faithful;73

you prove to be trustworthy74 to one who is innocent.75

18:26 You prove to be reliable76 to one who is blameless,

but you prove to be deceptive77 to one who is perverse.78

18:27 For you deliver oppressed79 people,

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

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

My God83 illuminates the darkness around me.84

18:29 Indeed,85 with your help86 I can charge against87 an army;88

by my God’s power89 I can jump over a wall.90

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

the Lord’s promise92 is reliable;93

he is a shield to all who take shelter94 in him.

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

Who is a protector96 besides our God?97

18:32 The one true God98 gives99 me strength;100

he removes101 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 help109 enables me to prevail.110

18:36 You widen my path;111

my feet112 do not slip.

18:37 I chase my enemies and catch113 them;

I do not turn back until I wipe them out.

18:38 I beat them114 to death;115

they fall at my feet.116

18:39 You give me strength117 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 underfoot124 like clay125 in the streets.

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

you make me127 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 powerless130 before me;

18:45 foreigners lose their courage;131

they shake with fear132 as they leave133 their strongholds.134

18:46 The Lord is alive!135

My protector136 is praiseworthy!137

The God who delivers me138 is exalted as king!139

18:47 The one true God140 completely vindicates me;141

he makes nations submit to me.142

18:48 He delivers me143 from my enemies;

you snatch me away144 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 He148 gives his chosen king magnificent victories;149

he is faithful150 to his chosen ruler,151

to David and his descendants152 forever.”153

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