Psalm 18
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The LORD is My Rock
(2 Samuel 22:1-51)

1For the choirmaster. Of David the servant of the LORD, who sang this song to the LORD on the day the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

I love You, O LORD, my strength.

2The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.

My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,

my shield, and the horn of my salvation,

my stronghold.

3I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;

so shall I be saved from my enemies.

4The cords of death encompassed me;

the torrents of chaos overwhelmed me.

5The cords of Sheol entangled me;

the snares of death confronted me.

6In my distress I called upon the LORD

and I cried to my God for help.

From His temple He heard my voice,

and my cry for His help reached His ears.

7Then the earth shook and quaked,

and the foundations of the mountains trembled;

they were shaken because He burned with anger.

8Smoke rose from His nostrils,

and consuming fire came from His mouth;

glowing coals flamed forth.

9He parted the heavens and came down

with dark clouds was under His feet.

10He mounted a cherub and flew;

He soared on the wings of the wind.

11He made darkness His hiding place,

and storm clouds a canopy around Him.

12From the brightness of His presence,

His clouds advanced—

hailstones and coals of fire.

13The LORD thundered from heaven;

the voice of the Most High resounded—

hailstones and coals of fire.

14He shot His arrows and scattered the foes;

He hurled lightning and routed them.

15The channels of the sea appeared,

the foundations of the world were exposed,

at Your rebuke, O LORD,

at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

16He reached from on high and took hold of me;

He drew me out of deep waters.

17He rescued me from my powerful enemy

and from foes too mighty for me.

18They confronted me in my day of calamity,

but the LORD was my support.

19He brought me out into the open;

He rescued me because He delighted in me.

20The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness;

He has repaid me according to the cleanness of my hands.

21For I have kept the ways of the LORD

and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22For all His ordinances are before me;

I have not disregarded His statutes.

23And I have been blameless before Him

and kept myself from iniquity.

24So the LORD has repaid me according to my righteousness,

according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.

25To the faithful You show Yourself faithful,

to the blameless You show Yourself blameless,

26to the pure You show Yourself pure,

but to the crooked You show Yourself shrewd.

27For You save an afflicted people,

but You humble those with haughty eyes.

28For You, O LORD, light my lamp;

my God enlightens my darkness.

29For in You I can charge an army,

and with my God I can scale a wall.

30As for God, His way is perfect;

the word of the LORD is flawless.

He is a shield to all

who take refuge in Him.

31For who is God besides the LORD?

And who is the rock except our God?

32It is God who arms me with strength

and makes my way blameless.

33He makes my feet like the feet of a deer

and stations me upon the heights.

34He trains my hands for battle;

my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35You have given me Your shield of salvation;

Your right hand upholds me,

and Your gentleness exalts me.

36You broaden the path beneath me

so that my ankles do not give way.

37I pursued my enemies and overtook them;

I did not turn back until they were consumed.

38I crushed them so they could not rise;

they have fallen under my feet.

39You have armed me with strength for battle;

You have subdued my foes beneath me.

40You have made my enemies retreat before me;

I put an end to those who hated me.

41They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—

to the LORD, but He did not answer.

42I ground them as dust in the face of the wind;

I trampled them like mud in the streets.

43You have delivered me from the strife of the people;

You have made me the head of nations;

a people I had not known shall serve me.

44When they hear me, they obey me;

foreigners cower before me.

45Foreigners lose heart

and come trembling from their strongholds.

46The LORD lives! Blessed be my rock!

And may the God of my salvation be exalted—

47the God who avenges me

and subdues nations beneath me,

48who delivers me from my enemies.

You exalt me above my foes;

You rescue me from violent men.

49Therefore I will praise You, O LORD, among the nations;

I will sing praises to Your name!

50He brings great salvation to His king.

He shows loving devotion to His anointed,

to David and his descendants forever.


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