Psalms 18
1I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.2The Lord is my rock and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.3I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so shall I be saved from my enemies.4The pain of death compassed me, and the rivers of Belial made me afraid.5The pain of Sheol compassed me about: the snares of death came before me.6In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried unto my God; he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.7Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the mountains collapsed and were removed because he was wroth.8Smoke went up out of his nostrils, and fire devoured out of his mouth; coals were kindled by it.9He lowered the heavens and came down; and darkness was under his feet.10And he rode upon a cherub and flew: yea, he flew upon the wings of the wind.11He made darkness his hiding place; in his tabernacle round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the heavens.12At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.13The Lord thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.14He sent out his arrows and scattered them; he shot out lightnings and destroyed them.15Then the depths of the 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.16He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.17He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me, even though they were too strong for me.18They were ready for me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my staff.19He brought me forth also into a wide place; he delivered me because he delighted in me.
20The Lord will reward me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he shall recompense me.21Because I have kept the ways of the Lord and did not become wicked departing in apostasy from my God.22For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.23I was perfect before him, and I kept myself from my iniquity.24Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands before his eyes.25With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful; with a perfect man thou wilt show thyself perfect;26with the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the perverse thou wilt show thyself adversary.27Therefore thou wilt save the humble people; but wilt bring down high looks.28For thou wilt light my fire: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
29For with thee I have scattered armies; and in my God I have overcome walled defenses.30As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is precise: a shield to all those that wait in him.31For who is God except the Lord? or who is a refuge except our God?32It is God that girds me with strength and makes my way perfect.33He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and sets me upon my high places.34He trains my hands for the battle, so that a bow of bronze shall be broken by my arms.35In the same manner thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand will hold me up, and thy meekness shall multiply me.36Thou shall enlarge my steps under me, and my knees shall not tremble.37I shall pursue my enemies and overtake them: neither shall I turn again until they are consumed.38I shall smite them, and they will not be able to rise: they shall fall under my feet.39For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued my enemies under me.40Thou hast also given me the necks of my enemies that I might destroy those that hate me.41They cried out, but there was no one to save them: even unto the Lord, but he did not answer them.42Then I beat them as small as the dust before the wind: I scattered them as the dirt in the streets.43Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the Gentiles: a people whom I did not know served me.44As soon as they heard of me, they obeyed me: the sons of strangers submitted themselves unto me even against their will.45The strangers fell away and were afraid in their close places.46The Lord lives; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.47It is God that avenges me and subdues the peoples under me.48He delivers me from my enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the one who would betray me.49Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles and sing praises unto thy name.50He gives great deliverance to his king and shows mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.