Praise for Deliverance
For the choir director. Of the servant of the Lord, David, who spoke the words of this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from the grasp of all his enemies and from the power of Saul.18:0 2Sm 22 He said:
1I love you, Lord, my strength.
2The Lord is my rock,
my God, my rock where I seek refuge,
my shield18:2 Gn 15:1; Dt 33:29; Ps 3:3; 5:12; 28:7; 119:114 and the horn of my salvation,18:2 1Sm 2:1,10; Lk 1:69
and I was saved from my enemies.18:3 Ps 138:7
4The ropes of death were wrapped around me;
the torrents of destruction terrified me.18:4 Ps 124:4
5The ropes of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.18:5 Ps 116:3
6I called to the Lord in my distress,
and I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,18:6 Ps 3:4
and my cry to him reached his ears.18:6 Ps 34:15
7Then the earth shook and quaked;
they shook because he burned with anger.
8Smoke rose from his nostrils,
and consuming fire came from his mouth;
total darkness beneath his feet.
10He rode on a cherub and flew,
soaring on the wings of the wind.18:10 Ps 104:3
11He made darkness his hiding place,
dark storm clouds his canopy around him.18:11 Ps 97:2
his clouds swept onward with hail and blazing coals.
13The Lord thundered from18:13 Some Hb mss, LXX, Tg, Jer; other Hb mss read in heaven;
the Most High made his voice heard.18:13 Some Hb mss read voice, with hail and blazing coals18:13 Ps 29:3; 104:7
14He shot his arrows and scattered them;
he hurled18:14 Or multiplied lightning bolts and routed them.18:14 Ps 144:6
15The depths of the sea became visible,
the foundations of the world were exposed,
at your rebuke, Lord,
16He reached down from on high
and took hold of me;
he pulled me out of deep water.18:16 Ps 144:7
17He rescued me from my powerful enemy
and from those who hated me,
18They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
he rescued me because he delighted in me.18:19 Ps 41:11
20The Lord rewarded me
according to my righteousness;18:20 Ps 7:8
he repaid me
according to the cleanness of my hands.18:20 Ps 24:4
21For I have kept the ways of the Lord
22Indeed, I let all his ordinances guide me18:22 Lit Indeed, all his ordinances have been in front of me
and have not disregarded his statutes.18:22 Lv 18:4–5
and kept myself from my iniquity.
24So the Lord repaid me
according to my righteousness,18:24 2Ch 6:23
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.18:24 Ps 24:4
25With the faithful
you prove yourself faithful,
with the blameless
you prove yourself blameless,
26with the pure
you prove yourself pure,
but with the crooked
but you humble those with haughty eyes.18:27 Ps 138:6
28 Lord, you light my lamp;
29With you I can attack a barricade,18:29 Or a ridge, or raiders
the word of the Lord is pure.18:30 Ps 19:7
And who is a rock? Only our God.18:31 Ps 62:2
and makes my way perfect.
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.18:34 Jb 29:20
35You have given me the shield of your salvation;
your right hand upholds me,18:35 Ps 89:21
and your humility exalts me.
37I pursue my enemies and overtake them;
I do not turn back until they are wiped out.18:37 Ps 44:5
38I crush them, and they cannot get up;
they fall beneath my feet.18:38 Ps 36:12
I annihilate those who hate me.18:40 Dt 7:10
they cry to the Lord, but he does not answer them.18:41 Mc 3:4
I trample them18:42 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Tg; other Hb mss read I poured them out like mud in the streets.18:42 Is 10:6; Mc 7:10
43You have freed me from the feuds among the people;
you have appointed me the head of nations;18:43 2Sm 8:1–14
a people I had not known serve me.18:43 Is 55:5
44Foreigners submit to me cringing;
45Foreigners lose heart
and come trembling from their fortifications.18:45 Mc 7:17
46The Lord lives — blessed be my rock!
48He frees me from my enemies.
You exalt me above my adversaries;
49Therefore I will give thanks to you among the nations, Lord;
I will sing praises about your name.18:49 Rm 15:9
he shows loyalty to his anointed,
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