Psalm 18

1He said, ”Lord my strength, I love you!” 2The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, my Place of Safety.” My God is my Rock. I run to him for protection. God is my shield. His power saves me. The Lord is my hiding place high in the hills. 3They made fun of me. But I called to the Lord for help, and I was saved from my enemies! 4˻My enemies were trying to kill me!˼ The ropes of death were all around me. I was caught in a flood carrying me to that place of death. 5Ropes of the grave were all around me. Traps of death lay before me. 6Trapped, I called to the Lord for help. Yes, I called to my God. God was in his temple. He heard my voice. He heard my cry for help. 7The earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven shook. Why? Because the Lord was angry! 8Smoke came from God’s nose. Burning flames came from God’s mouth, Burning sparks flew from him. 9The Lord tore open the sky, and he came down! He stood on a thick, dark cloud. 10The Lord was flying ˻across the sky˼, riding on the flying Cherub angels. He was soaring high on the wind. 11The Lord was hidden in the dark clouds that surrounded him like a tent. He was hidden in the thick thunder clouds. 12Then, God’s shining brightness broke through the clouds. There was hail and flashes of lightning. 13The Lord thundered from the sky! God Most-High let his voice be heard. There was hail and flashes of lightning. 14The Lord shot his arrows and scattered the enemy. The Lord sent many bolts of lightning and the people scattered in confusion. 15Lord, you shouted your command; and a powerful wind began to blow. ˻The water was pushed back,˼ and we could see the bottom of the sea. We could see the earth’s foundations. 16The Lord reached down from above and saved me. The Lord caught me and pulled me out of deep water ˻(trouble)˼. 17My enemies were stronger than me. Those people hated me. My enemies were too strong for me, so God saved me. 18I was in trouble, and my enemies attacked me. But the Lord was there to support me! 19The Lord loves me, so he rescued me. He took me to a safe place. 20I am innocent, so the Lord will give me my reward. I did nothing wrong, so he will do good things for me. 21Why? Because I obeyed the Lord! I did not sin against my God. 22I always remember the Lord’s decisions. I obey his laws! 23I was pure and honest with him. I kept myself from doing bad things. 24So the Lord will give me my reward! Why? Because I am innocent! The way God sees it, I did nothing wrong, so he will do good things for me. 25Lord, if a person really loves you, then you will show your true love to him. If a person is true to you, then you will be true to him. 26Lord, you are good and pure to people that are good and pure. But, you can outsmart the meanest and sneakiest people. 27Lord, you help humble people. But you humiliate proud people. 28Lord, you light my lamp. My God lights up the darkness around me! 29With your help, Lord, I can run with the soldiers. With God’s help, I can climb over enemy walls. 30God’s power is complete. The Lord’s word has been tested. He protects people who trust him. 31There is no God except the Lord. There is no Rock, except our God. 32God gives me strength. He helps me live a pure life. 33God helps me run fast like a deer. He keeps me steady in high places. 34God trains me for war, so my arms can bend a powerful bow. 35God, you protected me and helped me win. You supported me with your right arm. You helped me defeat my enemy. 36Make my legs and ankles strong, so I can walk fast without stumbling. 37Then I can chase my enemies and catch them. I won’t come back until they are destroyed! 38I will defeat my enemies. They won’t get up again. All my enemies will be under my feet. 39God, you made me strong in battle. You made my enemies fall before me. 40You gave me a chance to strike at my enemy’s neck, and I cut my opponent down! 41My enemies called for help, but there was no one to save them. They even called to the Lord, but he did not answer them. 42I beat my enemies to pieces. They were like dust blowing in the wind. I crushed them into small pieces. 43Save me from the people that fight against me. Make me the leader of those nations. People I don’t even know will serve me. 44Those people will hear about me and quickly obey me. Those foreigners will be afraid of me. 45Those foreigners will wilt with fear. They will come from their hiding places shaking with fear. 46The Lord is alive! I praise my Rock, God saves me. He is great! 47God punished my enemies for me. He put people under my control. 48Lord, you rescued me from my enemies. You helped me defeat the people who stood against me. You saved me from cruel men. 49Lord, that is why I praise you among the nations. That is why I sing songs about your name. 50The Lord helps his king win many battles! He shows his true love for his chosen king. He will be loyal to David and his descendants forever!

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