To the leader.I A Psalm of DavidII the servantIII of the Lord,IV
who addressedV the wordsVI of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord deliveredVII him from the handVIII of all his enemies, and from the handIX of Saul.X He said:
1 I loveXI you, O Lord, my strength.XII
2 The Lord is my rock,XIII my fortress,XIV and my deliverer,XV
my God,XVI my rockXVII in whom I take refuge,XVIII
my shield,XIX and the hornXX of my salvation,XXI my stronghold.XXII
3 I callXXIII upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,XXIV
so I shall be savedXXV from my enemies.
4 The cordsXXVI of deathXXVII encompassed me;
the torrentsXXVIII of perditionXXIX assailedXXX me;
5 the cords of SheolXXXI entangledXXXII me;
the snaresXXXIII of death confrontedXXXIV me.
6 In my distressXXXV I called upon the Lord;
to my GodXXXVI I cried for help.XXXVII
From his templeXXXVIII he heardXXXIX my voice,XL
and my cryXLI to himXLII reached his ears.
7 Then the earth reeledXLIII and rocked;XLIV
the foundationsXLV also of the mountains trembledXLVI
and quaked,XLVII because he was angry.XLVIII
8 SmokeXLIX went up from his nostrils,L
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coalsLI flamed forthLII from him.
9 He bowedLIII the heavens,LIV and came down;
thick darknessLV was under his feet.
10 He rodeLVI on a cherub,LVII and flew;
he came swiftlyLVIII upon the wingsLIX of the wind.LX
11 He made darknessLXI his coveringLXII aroundLXIII him,
his canopyLXIV thick cloudsLXV darkLXVI with water.
12 Out of the brightnessLXVII before him
there broke throughLXVIII his clouds
hailstones and coals of fire.
13 The Lord also thunderedLXIX in the heavens,
and the Most HighLXX uttered his voice.LXXI
14 And he sent out his arrows,LXXII and scatteredLXXIII them;
he flashed forthLXXIV lightnings,LXXV and routedLXXVI them.
15 Then the channelsLXXVII of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the worldLXXVIII were laid bareLXXIX
at your rebuke,LXXX O Lord,
at the blastLXXXI of the breathLXXXII of your nostrils.
16 He reached downLXXXIII from on high,LXXXIV he took me;
he drewLXXXV me out of mightyLXXXVI waters.
17 He delivered me from my strongLXXXVII enemy,
and from those who hatedLXXXVIII me;
for they were too mightyLXXXIX for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity;XC
but the Lord was my support.XCI
19 He brought me out into a broad place;XCII
he deliveredXCIII me, because he delightedXCIV in me.
20 The Lord rewardedXCV me according to my righteousness;XCVI
according to the cleannessXCVII of my handsXCVIII he recompensedXCIX me.
21 For I have keptC the waysCI of the Lord,
and have not wickedly departedCII from my God.CIII
22 For all his ordinancesCIV were before me,
and his statutesCV I did not put awayCVI from me.
23 I was blamelessCVII before him,
and I kept myself from guilt.CVIII
24 Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25 With the loyalCIX you show yourself loyal;CX
with the blamelessCXI you show yourself blameless;CXII
26 with the pureCXIII you show yourself pure;CXIV
and with the crookedCXV you show yourself perverse.CXVI
27 For you deliverCXVII a humbleCXVIII people,CXIX
but the haughtyCXX eyes you bring down.CXXI
28 It is you who lightCXXII my lamp;CXXIII
the Lord, my God,CXXIV lights upCXXV my darkness.CXXVI
29 By you I can crushCXXVII a troop,CXXVIII
and by my GodCXXIX I can leap overCXXX a wall.CXXXI
30 This GodCXXXII—his way is perfect;CXXXIII
the promiseCXXXIV of the Lord proves true;CXXXV
he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is GodCXXXVI except the Lord?
And who is a rock besides our God?CXXXVII—
32 the GodCXXXVIII who girdedCXXXIX me with strength,CXL
and made my way safe.CXLI
33 He madeCXLII my feet like the feet of a deer,CXLIII
and set me secureCXLIV on the heights.CXLV
34 He trainsCXLVI my hands for war,CXLVII
so that my armsCXLVIII can bendCXLIX a bowCL of bronze.CLI
35 You have given me the shield of your salvation,
and your right handCLII has supportedCLIII me;
your helpCLIV has made me great.CLV
36 You gave me a wide placeCLVI for my stepsCLVII under me,
and my feetCLVIII did not slip.CLIX
37 I pursuedCLX my enemies and overtookCLXI them;
and did not turn backCLXII until they were consumed.CLXIII
38 I struck them down,CLXIV so that they were not ableCLXV to rise;CLXVI
they fell under my feet.
39 For you girded me with strength for the battle;
you made my assailantsCLXVII sinkCLXVIII under me.
40 You made my enemies turnCLXIX their backsCLXX to me,
and those who hated me I destroyed.CLXXI
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them;
they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
42 I beat them fine,CLXXII like dustCLXXIII before the wind;CLXXIV
I cast them outCLXXV like the mireCLXXVI of the streets.CLXXVII
43 You delivered me from strifeCLXXVIII with the peoples;
you made me headCLXXIX of the nations;CLXXX
people whom I had not knownCLXXXI servedCLXXXII me.
44 As soon asCLXXXIII they heard of me they obeyedCLXXXIV me;
foreignersCLXXXV came cringingCLXXXVI to me.
45 Foreigners lost heart,CLXXXVII
and came tremblingCLXXXVIII out of their strongholds.CLXXXIX
46 The Lord lives!CXC BlessedCXCI be my rock,
and exaltedCXCII be the GodCXCIII of my salvation,
47 the GodCXCIV who gave me vengeanceCXCV
and subduedCXCVI peoples under me;
48 who delivered me from my enemies;
indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries;
you deliveredCXCVII me from the violent.CXCVIII
49 For this I will extolCXCIX you, O Lord, among the nations,
and sing praisesCC to your name.CCI
50 GreatCCII triumphsCCIII he gives to his king,
and shows steadfast loveCCIV to his anointed,CCV
to David and his descendantsCCVI forever.CCVII
Image credit: Mosaic of David at the Chester Cathedral in England.