David's Song of Deliverance
(Psalm 18 Title, 1-50)
1And David spake unto the Lord the words of this song, in the day that the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: 2and he said,
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3the God of my rock; in him will I trust:
he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge,
my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
4I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised:
so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
5When the waves of death compassed me,
the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
6the sorrows of hell#22.6 hell, Hebrew Sheol. compassed me about;
the snares of death prevented me.
7In my distress I called upon the Lord,
and cried to my God:
and he did hear my voice out of his temple,
and my cry did enter into his ears.
8Then the earth shook and trembled;
the foundations of heaven moved
and shook, because he was wroth.
9There went up a smoke out of his nostrils,
and fire out of his mouth devoured:
coals were kindled by it.
10He bowed the heavens also, and came down;
and darkness was under his feet.
11And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly:
and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
12And he made darkness pavilions round about him,
dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
13Through the brightness before him
were coals of fire kindled.
14The Lord thundered from heaven,
and the Most High uttered his voice.
15And he sent out arrows, and scattered them;
lightning, and discomfited them.
16And the channels of the sea appeared,
the foundations of the world were discovered,
at the rebuking of the Lord,
at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
17He sent from above, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters:
18he delivered me from my strong enemy,
and from them that hated me:
for they were too strong for me.
19They prevented me in the day of my calamity:
but the Lord was my stay.
20He brought me forth also into a large place:
he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
21The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
22For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23For all his judgments were before me:
and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
24I was also upright before him,
and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
25Therefore the Lord hath recompensed me according to my righteousness;
according to my cleanness in his eyesight.
26With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful,
and with the upright man thou wilt show thyself upright.
27With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure;
and with the froward thou wilt show thyself unsavory.
28And the afflicted people thou wilt save:
but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
29For thou art my lamp, O Lord:
and the Lord will lighten my darkness.
30For by thee I have run through a troop:
by my God have I leaped over a wall.
31 As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is tried:
he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
32For who is God, save the Lord?
and who is a rock, save our God?
33God is my strength and power;
and he maketh my way perfect.
34 # Hab 3.19. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet;
and setteth me upon my high places.
35He teacheth my hands to war;
so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
36Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation:
and thy gentleness hath made me great.
37Thou hast enlarged my steps under me;
so that my feet did not slip.
38I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them;
and turned not again until I had consumed them.
39And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise:
yea, they are fallen under my feet.
40For thou hast girded me with strength to battle:
them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
41Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies,
that I might destroy them that hate me.
42They looked, but there was none to save;
even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.
43Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth:
I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
44Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people,
thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen:
a people which I knew not shall serve me.
45Strangers shall submit themselves unto me:
as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
46Strangers shall fade away,
and they shall be afraid out of their close places.
47The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock;
and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
48It is God that avengeth me,
and that bringeth down the people under me,
49and that bringeth me forth from mine enemies:
thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me:
thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
50 # Rom 15.9. Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen,
and I will sing praises unto thy name.
51 He is the tower of salvation for his king:
and showeth mercy to his anointed,
unto David, and to his seed for evermore.