PSALMS - Chapter 18

1 - I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
2 - The 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.
3 - I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
4 - The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
5 - The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
6 - In 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.
7 - Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
8 - There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
9 - He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
10 - And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
11 - He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
12 - At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
13 - The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
14 - Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
15 - Then the channels of 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.
16 - He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
17 - He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
18 - They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
19 - He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
20 - The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
21 - For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 - For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.
23 - I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
24 - Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
25 - With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;
26 - With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
27 - For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.
28 - For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
29 - For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
30 - As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
31 - For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
32 - It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
33 - He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
34 - He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
35 - Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
36 - Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
37 - I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
38 - I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.
39 - For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
40 - Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.
41 - They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
42 - Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
43 - Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
44 - As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
45 - The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.
46 - The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
47 - It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.
48 - He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
49 - Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
50 - Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.