A Song of Victory For the director of music. By the Lord’s servant, David. David sang this song to the Lord when the Lord had saved him from Saul and all his other enemies. 18 1I love you, Lord. You are my strength.   2The Lord is my rock, my protection, my Savior. My God is my rock. I can run to him for safety. He is my shield and my saving strength, my defender. 3I will call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I will be saved from my enemies.   4The ropes of death came around me; the deadly rivers overwhelmed me. 5The ropes of death wrapped around me. The traps of death were before me. 6In my trouble I called to the Lord. I cried out to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my call for help reached his ears.   7The earth trembled and shook. The foundations of the mountains began to shake. They trembled because the Lord was angry. 8Smoke came out of his nose, and burning fire came out of his mouth. Burning coals went before him. 9He tore open the sky and came down with dark clouds under his feet. 10He rode a creature with wings and flew. He raced on the wings of the wind. 11He made darkness his covering, his shelter around him, surrounded by fog and clouds. 12Out of the brightness of his presence came clouds with hail and lightning. 13The Lord thundered from heaven; the Most High raised his voice, and there was hail and lightning. 14He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies. His many bolts of lightning confused them with fear. 15Lord, you spoke strongly. The wind blew from your nose. Then the valleys of the sea appeared, and the foundations of the earth were seen.   16The Lord reached down from above and took me; he pulled me from the deep water. 17He saved me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me, because they were too strong for me. 18They attacked me at my time of trouble, but the Lord supported me. 19He took me to a safe place. Because he delights in me, he saved me.   20The Lord spared me because I did what was right. Because I have not done evil, he has rewarded me. 21I have followed the ways of the Lord; I have not done evil by turning away from my God. 22I remember all his laws and have not broken his rules. 23I am innocent before him; I have kept myself from doing evil. 24The Lord rewarded me because I did what was right, because I did what the Lord said was right.   25Lord, you are loyal to those who are loyal, and you are good to those who are good. 26You are pure to those who are pure, but you are against those who are bad. 27You save the humble, but you bring down those who are proud. 28Lord, you give light to my lamp. My God brightens the darkness around me. 29With your help I can attack an army. With God’s help I can jump over a wall.   30The ways of God are without fault. The Lord’s words are pure. He is a shield to those who trust him. 31Who is God? Only the Lord. Who is the Rock? Only our God. 32God is my protection. He makes my way free from fault. 33He makes me like a deer that does not stumble; he helps me stand on the steep mountains. 34He trains my hands for battle so my arms can bend a bronze bow. 35You protect me with your saving shield. You support me with your right hand. You have stooped to make me great. 36You give me a better way to live, so I live as you want me to. 37I chased my enemies and caught them. I did not quit until they were destroyed. 38I crushed them so they couldn’t rise up again. They fell beneath my feet. 39You gave me strength in battle. You made my enemies bow before me. 40You made my enemies turn back, and I destroyed those who hated me. 41They called for help, but no one came to save them. They called to the Lord, but he did not answer them. 42I beat my enemies into pieces, like dust in the wind. I poured them out like mud in the streets.   43You saved me when the people attacked me. You made me the leader of nations. People I never knew serve me. 44As soon as they hear me, they obey me. Foreigners obey me. 45They all become afraid and tremble in their hiding places.   46The Lord lives! May my Rock be praised. Praise the God who saves me! 47God gives me victory over my enemies and brings people under my rule. 48He saves me from my enemies.   You set me over those who hate me. You saved me from cruel men. 49So I will praise you, Lord, among the nations. I will sing praises to your name. 50The Lord gives great victories to his king. He is loyal to his appointed king, to David and his descendants forever.
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