1David sang this song at the time the Lord saved him from Saul and all his other enemies. 2The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, my Place of Safety. 3He is my God, the Rock I run to for protection. God is my shield. His power saves me. The Lord is my hiding place, my place of safety, high in the hills. He saves me from the cruel enemy. 4They made fun of me. But I called to the Lord for help, and I was saved from my enemies! 5˻My enemies were trying to kill me!˼ Waves of death were crashing around me. I was caught in a flood carrying me to that place of death. 6Ropes of the grave were all around me. Traps of death lay before me. 7Trapped, 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. 8Then the earth shook. It trembled. The foundations of heaven shook. Why? Because the Lord was angry! 9Smoke came from God’s nose. Burning flames came from his mouth, Burning sparks flew from him. 10The Lord tore open the sky and came down! He stood on a thick, dark cloud! 11He was flying, riding on the flying Cherub angels, riding on the wind. 12The Lord wrapped the dark clouds around him like a tent. He gathered the water into the thick thunder clouds. 13Sparks like burning coal ˻flew˼ from the bright light around him! 14The Lord thundered from the sky! God Most High let his voice be heard. 15The Lord shot his arrows and scattered the enemy. The Lord sent out lightning, and the people scattered in confusion. 16Lord, you spoke strongly, a powerful wind blew from your mouth ˻and the water was pushed back˼. We could see the bottom of the sea. We could see the earth’s foundations. 17˻The Lord helped me like that too!˼ The Lord reached down from above. The Lord grabbed me and pulled me out of the deep water ˻(trouble)˼. 18My enemies were stronger than me. Those people hated me. My enemies were too strong for me, so God saved me. 19I was in trouble and my enemies attacked me. But the Lord was there to support me! 20The Lord loves me, so he rescued me. He took me to a safe place. 21The Lord will give me my reward Because I did what is right, I did nothing wrong, so he will do good things for me. 22Why? Because I obeyed the Lord! I did not sin against my God. 23I always remember the Lord’s decisions. I obey his laws! 24I keep myself pure and innocent before him. 25So the Lord will give me my reward! Why? Because I did what is right! The way he sees it, I did nothing wrong, so he will do good things for me. 26If a person really loves you, then you show your true love to him. If a person is true to you, then you will be true to him. 27Lord, you are good and pure to people who are good and pure. But, you can outsmart the smartest, sneakiest crook. 28Lord, you help humble people. But you bring shame to proud people. 29Lord, you are my lamp. The Lord lights up the darkness around me! 30With your help, Lord, I can run with the soldiers. With God’s help, I can climb over enemy walls. 31God’s power is complete. The Lord’s word has been tested. He protects people who trust him. 32There is no God except the Lord. There is no Rock except our God. 33God is my strong fort. He helps pure people live right. 34God helps me run fast like a deer! He keeps me steady in high places. 35God trains me for war, so my arms can shoot a powerful bow. 36God, you protected me and helped me win. You helped me defeat my enemy. 37Make my legs and ankles strong so I can walk fast without stumbling. 38I want to chase my enemies, until I destroy them! I won’t come back until they are destroyed! 39I destroyed my enemies. I defeated them! They won’t get up again. Yes, my enemies fell under my feet. 40God, you made me strong in battle. You made my enemies fall before me. 41You gave me a chance at my enemy’s neck, and I cut my opponent down! 42My enemies looked for help, but there was no one to save them. They even looked to the Lord, but he did not answer them. 43I beat my enemies into pieces. They were like dust on the ground. I crushed my enemies. I walked on them like mud in the streets. 44You saved me from the people who fought against me. You kept me as ruler of those nations. People I didn’t know now serve me! 45People from other lands obey me! When they hear my command, they quickly obey me. Those foreigners are afraid of me! 46Those foreigners wilt with fear. They come out of their hiding places shaking with fear. 47The Lord is alive. I praise my Rock! God is great! He is the Rock who saves me. 48He is the God who punished my enemies for me. He put people under my rule. 49God, you saved me from my enemies! You helped me defeat the people who stood against me. You save me from cruel men! 50Lord, that is why I praise you to the nations. This is why I sing songs about your name. 51The Lord helps his king win many battles! The Lord shows his true love for his chosen king. He will be loyal to David and to his descendants forever!
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