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