David’s Song of Deliverance
1 David spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul, 2 and he said:
“The Lord is my rock,
and my deliverer.
3 The Lord is my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation,
my high tower and my refuge.
My savior, you save me from violence.
4 I call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.
So shall I be saved from my enemies.
5 For the waves of death surrounded me.
The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
6 The sorrows of hell were around me.
The snares of death confronted me.
7 In my distress, I called on the Lord.
Yes, I called to my God.
He heard my voice from his temple.
My cry came into his ears.
8 Then the earth shook and trembled.
The foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken,
because he was angry.
9 Smoke went up out of his nostrils.
Consuming fire came out of his mouth.
Coals were kindled by it.
10 He bowed the heavens also and came down.
Thick darkness was under his feet.
11 He rode on a cherub and flew.
Yes, he was seen on the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness a shelter around himself:
gathering of waters and thick clouds of the skies.
13 At the brightness before him,
coals of fire were kindled.
14 The Lord thundered from heaven.
The Most High uttered his voice.
15 He sent out arrows and scattered them,
lightning and confused them.
16 Then the channels of the sea appeared.
The foundations of the world were laid bare by the Lord’s rebuke,
at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
17 He sent from on high, and he took me.
He drew me out of many waters.
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
19 They came on me in the day of my calamity,
but the Lord was my support.
20 He also brought me out into a large place.
He delivered me, because he delighted in me.
21 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness.
He rewarded me according to the cleanness of my hands.
22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 For all his ordinances were before me.
As for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 I was also blameless toward him.
I kept myself from my iniquity.
25 Therefore the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to my cleanness in his sight.
26 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful.
With the blameless you will show yourself blameless.
27 With the pure you will show yourself pure.
With the fraudulent you will show yourself shrewd.
28 You will save the humble people,
but your eyes are on the arrogant, that you may bring them down.
29 For you are my lamp, O Lord.
God will light up my darkness.
30 For by you, I can run through a troop of bandits.
By my God, I can leap over a wall.
31 As for God, his way is perfect.
The word of the Lord is tested.
He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.
32 For who is God, besides the Lord?
Who is a rock, besides our God?
33 God is my strong fortress.
He makes my way perfect.
34 He makes his feet like hinds’ feet
and sets me on my high places.
35 He teaches my hands to war,
so that my arms bend a bow of bronze.
36 You have also given me the shield of your salvation.
Your gentleness has made me great.
37 You have enlarged my steps under me.
My feet have not slipped.
38 I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them.
I did not turn back until they were consumed.
39 I have consumed them and struck them through,
so that they cannot arise. Yes, they have fallen under my feet.
40 For you have armed me with strength for the battle.
You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
41 You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me,
that I might cut off those who hate me.
42 They looked, but there was no one to save,
even to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
43 Then I beat them as small as the dust of the earth.
I crushed them like the mire of the streets and spread them abroad.
44 You also have delivered me from the striving of my people.
You have kept me to be the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known will serve me.
45 The foreigners will submit themselves to me.
As soon as they hear of me, they will obey me.
46 The foreigners will fade away,
and will come trembling out of their close places.
47 The Lord lives!
Blessed be my rock!
Exalted be the God and rock of my salvation,
48 the God who executes vengeance for me,
who brings down people under me,
49 who brings me away from my enemies.
Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me.
You deliver me from the violent man.
50 Therefore I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the nations
and will sing praises to your name.
51 He gives great deliverance to his king
and shows loving kindness to his anointed,
to David and to his offspring, forever more.”