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Psalm 18

1 For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when 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.

2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Dear Lord, I am in deep trouble and distress. I am afraid and I have no hope. There is no one to help. But YOU ARE MY ROCK, MY FORTRESS, MY DELIVERER, MY REFUGE, MY SHIELD, AND MY STRONGHOLD AND MY SALVATION.


3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.

O! Lord I call on You for You are worthy of Praise and You are my salvation.


4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of deathconfronted me.

6 In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

Dear Lord, I was so close to destruction and death. I called on You;

I cried out to You in my great distress. I thank You for You heard my voice from Your heavenly throne. My feeble cry came to ears. You heard me and me and helped me. I thank You and praise Your great name.


9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.

10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.

12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

13 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.

14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them.

15 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.

17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.

19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

O! Lord, what a mighty God You are! You part the heavens and come down. You ride the clouds. Thick dark clouds and lightning are Your chariots. The thunder goes before You. You come down to help me! You reach down and take hold of me. You draw me out of deep waters and in the day of disaster, You alone are my help and deliverer. You rescue and cause me to delight in You. Forever I will praise Your great and mighty name


20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not done evil by turning from my God.

22 All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.

23 I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.

24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

27 You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

29 With your help I can advance against a troop ; with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?

32 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.

34 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.

You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.

O! Lord, there is no God like You. You give me strength and help me along my way. You train me and sustain me and give me victory. You enable me to stand on the heights. You lead me in paths of righteousness.What a gracious God You are, for You stoop down to make me great!