David Sings to the LORD 22 1David sang a song to the LORD after the LORD had rescued him from his enemies, especially Saul. These are the words to David's song: 2Our LORD and our God, you are my mighty rock,[Y] my fortress, my protector. 3You are the rock where I am safe. You are my shield, my powerful weapon,[Z] and my place of shelter. You rescue me and keep me safe from violence. 4I praise you, our LORD! I prayed to you, and you rescued me from my enemies. 5Death, like ocean waves, surrounded me, and I was almost swallowed by its flooding waters. 6Ropes from the world of the dead had coiled around me, and death had set a trap in my path. 7I was in terrible trouble when I called out to you, but from your temple you heard me and answered my prayer. 8Earth shook and shivered! The columns supporting the sky[A] rocked back and forth. You were angry 9and breathed out smoke. Scorching heat and fiery flames spewed from your mouth. 10You opened the heavens like curtains, and you came down with storm clouds under your feet. 11You rode on the backs of flying creatures.[B] You appeared[C] with the wind as wings. 12Darkness was your tent! Thunderclouds filled the sky, hiding you from sight. 13Fiery coals lit up the sky in front of you. 14LORD Most High, your voice thundered from the heavens. 15You scattered your enemies with arrows of lightning. 16You roared at the sea, and its deepest channels could be seen. You snorted, and the earth shook to its foundations. 17You reached down from heaven, and you lifted me from deep in the ocean. 18You rescued me from enemies who were hateful and too powerful for me. 19On the day disaster struck, they came and attacked, but you defended me. 20When I was fenced in, you freed and rescued me because you love me. 21You are good to me, LORD, because I do right, and you reward me because I am innocent. 22I do what you want and never turn to do evil. 23I keep your laws in mind and never turn away from your teachings. 24I obey you completely and guard against sin. 25You have been good to me because I do right; you have rewarded me for being innocent by your standards. 26You are always loyal to your loyal people, and you are faithful to the faithful. 27With all who are sincere you are sincere, but you treat the unfaithful as their deeds deserve. 28You rescue the humble, but you look for ways to put down the proud. 29Our LORD and God, you are my lamp. You turn darkness to light. 30You help me defeat armies and capture cities. 31Your way is perfect, LORD, and your word is correct. You are a shield for those who run to you for help. 32You alone are God! Only you are a mighty rock.[D] 33You are my strong fortress, and you set me free. 34 You make my feet run as fast as those of a deer, and you help me stand on the mountains. 35You teach my hands to fight and my arms to use a bow of bronze. 36You alone are my shield, and by coming to help me, you have made me famous. 37You clear the way for me, and now I won't stumble. 38I kept chasing my enemies until I caught them and destroyed them. 39I destroyed them! I stuck my sword through my enemies, and they were crushed under my feet. 40You helped me win victories and forced my attackers to fall victim to me. 41You made my enemies run, and I killed them. 42They cried out for help, but no one saved them; they called out to you, but there was no answer. 43I ground them to dust, and I squashed them like mud in the streets. 44You rescued me from my stubborn people and made me the leader of foreign nations, who are now my slaves. 45They obey and come crawling. 46They have lost all courage and from their fortresses they come trembling. 47You are the living LORD! I will praise you! You are a mighty rock.[E] I will honor you for keeping me safe. 48You took revenge for me, and you put nations in my power. 49You protected me from violent enemies, and you made me much greater than all of them. 50 I will praise you, LORD, and I will honor you among the nations. 51You give glorious victories to your chosen king. Your faithful love for David and for his descendants will never end.
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