Praise for God’s Deliverance
1Then David #1 Chr. 20:8spoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had #Ex. 15:1; Deut. 31:30; Judg. 5:1delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. 2And he #Ps. 18:title; 34:19said:
#Ps. 18“The Lord is my rock and my #Deut. 32:4; 1 Sam. 2:2fortress and my deliverer;
3The God of my strength, #Ps. 91:2in whom I will trust;
My #Ps. 7:1; Heb. 2:13shield and the #Gen. 15:1; Deut. 33:29; Ps. 84:11horn of my salvation,
My #Luke 1:69stronghold and my #Prov. 18:10refuge;
My Savior, You save me from violence.
4I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.
5“When the waves of death surrounded me,
The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
6The #Ps. 9:9; 46:1, 7, 11; Jer. 16:19sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
7In my distress #Ps. 116:3I called upon the Lord,
And cried out to my God;
He #Ps. 116:4; 120:1heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry entered His ears.
8“Then #Ex. 3:7; Ps. 34:6, 15the earth shook and trembled;
#Judg. 5:4; Ps. 77:18; 97:4The foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken,
Because He was angry.
9Smoke went up from His nostrils,
And devouring #Job 26:11fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
10He #Deut. 32:22; Ps. 97:3, 4; Heb. 12:29bowed the heavens also, and came down
With #Ex. 19:16–20; Is. 64:1darkness under His feet.
11He rode upon a cherub, and flew;
And He was seen #Ex. 20:21upon the wings of the wind.
12He made #Ps. 104:3darkness canopies around Him,
Dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
13From the brightness before Him
Coals of fire were kindled.
14“The Lord #Job 36:29; Ps. 97:2thundered from heaven,
And the Most High uttered His voice.
15He sent out #1 Sam. 2:10; Job 37:2–5; Ps. 29:3arrows and scattered them;
Lightning bolts, and He vanquished them.
16Then the channels of the sea #Deut. 32:23; Josh. 10:10; 1 Sam. 7:10; Ps. 7:13were seen,
The foundations of the world were uncovered,
At the #Nah. 1:4rebuke of the Lord,
At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
17“He#Ex. 15:8 sent from above, He took me,
He drew me out of many waters.
18He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me;
For they were too strong for me.
19They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
But the Lord was my #Ps. 144:7; Is. 43:2support.
20#Is. 10:20He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He #Ps. 31:8; 118:5delighted in me.
21“The#2 Sam. 15:26 Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the #1 Sam. 26:23; (Ps. 7:8)cleanness of my hands
He has recompensed me.
22For I have #(Job 17:9); Ps. 24:4kept the ways of the Lord,
And have not wickedly departed from my God.
23For all His #Gen. 18:19; 2 Chr. 34:33; Ps. 119:3judgments were before me;
And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.
24I was also #(Deut. 6:6–9; 7:12); Ps. 119:30, 102blameless before Him,
And I kept myself from my iniquity.
25Therefore #Gen. 6:9; 7:1; Job 1:1; (Eph. 1:4; Col. 1:21, 22)the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to my cleanness in His eyes.
26“With #2 Sam. 22:21the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
27With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
And #(Matt. 5:7)with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
28You will save the #(Lev. 26:23, 24; Rom. 1:28)humble people;
But Your eyes are on #Ps. 72:12the haughty, that You may bring them down.
29“For You are my #Job 40:11lamp, O Lord;
The Lord shall enlighten my darkness.
30For by You I can run against a troop;
By my God I can leap over a #Ps. 119:105; 132:17wall.
31As for God, #2 Sam. 5:6–8His way is perfect;
#(Deut. 32:4); Dan. 4:37; (Matt. 5:48)The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
32“For #Ps. 12:6; (Prov. 30:5)who is God, except the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?
33God is my #Is. 45:5, 6strength and power,
And He #Ps. 27:1makes my way #(Heb. 13:21)perfect.
34He makes my feet #Ps. 101:2, 6like the feet of deer,
And #2 Sam. 2:18; Hab. 3:19sets me on my high places.
35He teaches my hands to make war,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36“You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your gentleness has made me great.
37You #Is. 33:16enlarged my path under me;
So my feet did not slip.
38“I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them;
Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.
39And I have destroyed them and wounded them,
So that they could not rise;
They have fallen #2 Sam. 22:20; Prov. 4:12under my feet.
40For You have #Mal. 4:3armed me with strength for the battle;
You have subdued under me #(Ps. 18:32)those who rose against me.
41You have also given me the #(Ps. 44:5)necks of my enemies,
So that I destroyed those who hated me.
42They looked, but there was none to save;
Even #Gen. 49:8; Josh. 10:24to the Lord, but He did not answer them.
43Then I beat them as fine #1 Sam. 28:6; Prov. 1:28; Is. 1:15as the dust of the earth;
I trod them #2 Kin. 13:7; Ps. 18:42like dirt in the streets,
And I spread them out.
44“You#Is. 10:6 have also delivered me from the strivings of my people;
You have kept me as the #2 Sam. 3:1head of the nations.
#Deut. 28:13A people I have not known shall serve me.
45The foreigners submit to me;
As soon as they hear, they obey me.
46The foreigners fade away,
And come frightened #(Is. 55:5)from their hideouts.
47“The Lord lives!
Blessed be my Rock!
Let God be exalted,
The #1 Sam. 14:11; (Mic. 7:17)Rock of my salvation!
48It is God who avenges me,
And #(2 Sam. 22:3); Ps. 89:26subdues the peoples under me;
49He delivers me from my enemies.
You also lift me up above those who rise against me;
You have delivered me from the #1 Sam. 24:12; Ps. 144:2violent man.
50Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among #Ps. 140:1, 4, 11the Gentiles,
And sing praises to Your #2 Sam. 8:1–14name.
51“He#Ps. 57:7; Rom. 15:9 is the tower of salvation to His king,
And shows mercy to His #Ps. 144:10anointed,
To David and #Ps. 89:20his descendants forevermore.”