David’s Song of Praise to the Lord
1 # 22:1 Chapter 22 This song is also found in Ps. 18. David sang this song to the Lord when the Lord saved him from Saul and all his other enemies.
2The Lord is my Rock, my fortress, my place of safety.
3He is my God, the Rock I run to for protection.
He is my shield; by his power I am saved.#22:3 by his power I am saved Literally, “He is the horn of my salvation.”
He is my hiding place, my place of safety, high in the hills.
He is my savior, the one
who rescues me from the cruel enemy.
4I called to the Lord for help,
and he saved me from my enemies.
He is worthy of my praise!
5Waves of death were crashing around me.
A deadly flood was carrying me away.
6The ropes of the grave wrapped around me.
Death set its trap right there in front of me.
7In my trouble I called to the Lord.
Yes, I cried out to my God for help.
There in his temple he heard my voice.
He heard my cry for help.
8The earth shook and shivered.
The foundations of heaven trembled.
They shook because he was angry!
9Smoke came from his nose.
Burning flames came from his mouth.
Red-hot coals fell from him.
10He tore open the sky and came down.
He stood on a thick, dark cloud.
11He flew across the sky, riding on a Cherub angel,
gliding on the wings of the wind.
12He wrapped himself in darkness that covered him like a tent.
He was hidden by dark clouds filled with water.
13Out of the brightness before him,
flashes of lightning came down.
14The Lord thundered from the sky.
God Most High let his voice be heard.
15He scattered the enemy with his arrows—
the lightning bolts that threw them into confusion.
16The Lord shouted his command,
and a powerful wind began to blow.#22:16 and … blow Or “and a blast of breath came from his nose.”
Then the bottom of the sea could be seen,
and the earth’s foundations were uncovered.
17The Lord reached down from above and grabbed me.
He pulled me from the deep water.
18He saved me from my powerful enemies, who hated me.
They were too strong for me, so he saved me.
19They attacked me in my time of trouble,
but the Lord was there to support me.
20He was pleased with me, so he rescued me.
He took me to a safe place.
21The Lord rewarded me for doing what is right.
He was good to me because I am innocent.
22The Lord did this because I have obeyed him.
I have not turned against my God.
23I always remembered his laws.
I never stopped following his rules.
24He knows I did nothing that was wrong.
I have kept myself from sinning.
25So the Lord rewarded me for doing what is right.
He could see that I am innocent.
26Lord, you are faithful to those who are faithful.
You are good to those who are good.
27You never do wrong to those who have done no wrong.
But you outsmart the wicked, no matter how clever they are.
28You help those who are humble,
but as soon as you see the proud, you humiliate them.
29Lord, you are my lamp.
You, Lord, turn the darkness around me into light.
30With your help I can defeat an army.
If my God is with me, I can climb over enemy walls.
31God’s way is perfect.
The Lord’s promise always proves to be true.
He protects those who trust in him.
32There is no God except the Lord.
There is no Rock except our God.
33God is my strong fortress.
He clears the path I need to take.
34He makes my feet as steady as those of a deer.
Even on steep mountains he keeps me from falling.
35He trains me for war
so that my arms can bend the most powerful bow.
36Lord, you have given me your shield to protect me.
It is your help that has made me great.
37You cleared a path for my feet
so that I could walk without stumbling.
38I chased my enemies and defeated them.
I did not stop until they were destroyed.
39I destroyed my enemies.
I struck them down.
They did not get up again.
They fell under my feet.
40Lord, you made me strong in battle.
You made my enemies fall before me.
41You made my enemies turn and run away.
I destroyed those who hated me.
42They looked for help,
but there was no one to save them.
They cried out to the Lord,
but he did not answer them.
43I beat my enemies to pieces
like dust on the ground.
I smashed them and walked on them
like mud in the streets.
44You saved me from those who fought against me.
You made me the ruler over nations.
People I never knew now serve me.
45Foreigners fall helpless before me!
As soon as they heard about me, they were ready to obey.
46They lose all their courage
and come out of their hiding places shaking with fear.
47The Lord lives!
I praise my Rock!
How great is my God, the Rock who saves me!
48He is the God who punishes my enemies for me,
the one who puts people under my rule.
49He saves me from my enemies!
You help me defeat those who attack me.
You save me from cruel people.
50Lord, that is why I praise you among the nations.
That is why I sing songs of praise to your name.
51You help your king win battle after battle.
You show your faithful love to your chosen one,#22:51 your chosen one Literally, “his anointed one.”
to David and his descendants forever!