DAVIDS SONG OF PRAISE
1 David sang this song to Jehovah when Jehovah rescued him from all his enemies, especially from Saul.
2 He said: »Jehovah is my rock and my fortress. He is my Savior,
3 »My God, My rock in whom I take refuge. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge. He is my Savior who saved me from violence.
4 »Jehovah should be praised. I called on him and was saved from my enemies.
5 »The waves of death had surrounded me. The torrents of destruction had overwhelmed me.
6 »The danger of death was around me. The grave set its trap for me.
7 »I called to Jehovah in my trouble. I called to my God for help. In his temple he heard my voice. He listened to my cry for help.
8 »Earth shook and shivered! The columns supporting the sky rocked back and forth. You were angry.
9 »You breathed out smoke. Scorching heat and fiery flames spewed from your mouth.
10 »You opened the heavens like curtains. You came down with storm clouds under your feet.
11 »You rode on the angels as you flew. You soared on the wings of the wind.
12 »You surrounded yourself with darkness. You made the dark rain clouds your covers.
13 »Out of the brightness in front of you, you made lightning.
14 »Jehovah thundered from heaven. The Most High made his voice heard.
15 »You shot arrows and scattered them. You flashed bolts of lightning and confused them.
16 »Then the ocean floor could be seen. The foundations of the earth were laid bare at Jehovahs stern warning, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
17 »You reached down from high above and took hold of me. You pulled me out of the raging water.
18 »You rescued me from enemies who were hateful and too powerful for me.
19 »When I was in trouble they attacked me. You O Sovereign Jehovah protected me.
20 »You helped me out of danger. You saved me because you were pleased with me.
21 »You Jehovah rewarded me because of my righteousness. Because my hands are clean you rewarded me.
22 »I have kept the ways of Jehovah. I have not wickedly turned away from my God.
23 »All your judgments are in front of me. I have not turned away from your laws.
24 »You know I am faultless. I have kept myself from doing wrong.
25 »You reward me because I do what is right. You know I am innocent.
26 »O Jehovah, you are faithful to those who are faithful to you, and completely good to those who are faultless.
27 »You are pure to those who are pure, but hostile to those who are wicked.
28 »You rescue the humble. You find ways to humiliate the proud.
29 »Jehovah our God, you are my lamp. You turn darkness into light.
30 »You help me run through armies and leap over city walls.
31 »Your way is perfect Jehovah. Your word is correct. You are a shield for those who run to you for help.
32 »Who is God but Jehovah? Who is a rock other than our God?
33 »God arms me with strength. Your perfect way sets me free.
34 »You make me sure-footed as a deer. You keep me safe on the mountains.
35 »You train me for battle, so that I can use the strongest bow.
36 »O Jehovah you protect me and save me. Your help has made me grow great multiply.
37 »You clear the way for me. I will not stumble.
38 »I chased my enemies until I caught them and destroyed them.
39 »I destroyed them! I stuck my sword through my enemies. They were crushed under my feet.
40 »You armed me and gave me strength to fight. You subdued and brought low those who came against me.
41 »By you they turn their backs and run. Those who hate me are silenced.
42 »They cried for help, but there was no help. They called to you Jehovah and you did not answer.
43 »They were crushed as small as the dust of the earth. I stamped them down under my feet like the waste of the streets.
44 »You rescued me from my stubborn people. You made me the leader of foreign nations. They are now my slaves.
45 »Foreigners obey and come crawling.
46 »Foreigners lose heart and are fearful in their fortresses.
47 »Jehovah lives! Blessed is my rock! May God, the rock of my salvation, be glorified.
48 »You, Jehovah, give me victory over my enemies! You subdue nations under me.
49 »You protect me from violent enemies. You made me greater than all of them.
50 »I will praise you, Jehovah, and I will honor you among the nations.
51 »You give glorious victories to your anointed king. Your faithful love for David and for his descendants will never end.«