Psalm 18

David's psalm of thanksgiving for God's mighty deliverances and manifold blessings.

0 To the chief Musician, 1A Psalm of David, 2the servant of the Lord, who spake unto the Lord 3the words of this song in the day that 4the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,

1 I WILL 1love thee, O Lord, my strength.

2 The Lord is my 1rock, and my fortress, and my 2deliverer; 3my God, amy strength, in 4whom I will trust; 5my buckler, and 6the horn of my salvation, and my 7high tower.

3 I 1will call upon the Lord, 2who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

4 The 1sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of aungodly men made me afraid.

5 The asorrows of hell compassed me about: the 1snares of death 2prevented me.

6 1In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: 2he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

7 Then 1the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also 2of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

8 There went up a 1smoke aout of his nostrils, and 2fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

9 He 1bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

10 And 1he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did 2fly upon the wings of the wind.

11 He 1made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

12 At 1the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, 2hail stones and coals of fire.

13 1The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

14 Yea, 1he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

15 Then 1the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

16 He 1sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of amany waters.

17 He 1delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were 2too strong for me.

18 They 1prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay.

19 He 1brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20 The Lord 1rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

21 For 1I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22 For 1all his judgments were before me, and 2I did not put away his statutes from me.

23 I was also 1upright abefore him, and I kept myself from 2mine iniquity.

24 Therefore 1hath the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands ain his eyesight.

25 With 1the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;

26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; 1and with the froward thou wilt ashew thyself froward.

27 For 1thou wilt save the afflicted people; 2but wilt bring down high looks.

28 For 1thou wilt light my acandle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

29 For 1by thee I have arun through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

30 as for God, 1his way is perfect: 2the word of the Lord is atried: he is 3a buckler to all those that trust in him.

31 1For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?

32 1It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

33 He 1maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

34 1He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

35 Thou hast also given me 1the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and athy gentleness 2hath made me great.

36 Thou hast 1enlarged my steps under me, that amy feet did not slip.

37 1I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.

38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

39 For thou 1hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast asubdued under me those that rose up against me.

40 Thou hast also given me 1the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

41 They 1cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.

42 Then did I 1beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

43 Thou hast delivered me from 1the strivings of the people; and 2thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

44 aAs soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: bthe strangers shall csubmit themselves unto me.

45 aThe strangers shall fade away, and 1be afraid out of their close places.

46 The 1Lord liveth; and 2blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

47 it is God that aavengeth me, and bsubdueth the people under me.

48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, 1thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the aviolent man.

49 1Therefore will I agive thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

50 1Great deliverance giveth he to 2his king; and sheweth mercy to his 3anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.