David praises the Lord for his greatness and preserving care —
The Lord's way is perfect —
He has given marvelous blessings —
David testifies: The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock.
I WILL love thee, O JEHOVAH, my strength.
JEHOVAH is my rock, and my fortress,
and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
I will call upon JEHOVAH,
who is worthy to be praised:
so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
The sorrows of death compassed me,
and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
The sorrows of aSHEOL compassed me about:
the snares of death prevented me.
In my distress I called upon JEHOVAH,
and cried unto my God:
he heard my voice out of his temple,
and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Then the earth shook and trembled;
the foundations also of the hills
moved and were shaken,
because he was wroth.
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils,
and fire out of his mouth devoured:
coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down:
and darkness was under his feet.
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly:
yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his secret place;
his pavilion round about him
were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
At the brightness that was before him
his thick clouds passed,
hail stones and coals of fire.
JEHOVAH also thundered in the heavens,
and the Highest gave his voice;
hail stones and coals of fire.
Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
Then the channels of waters were seen,
and the foundations of the world were discovered
at thy rebuke, O JEHOVAH,
at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
He sent from above, he took me,
he drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
and from them which hated me:
for they were too strong for me.
They prevented me in the day of my calamity:
but JEHOVAH was my stay.
He brought me forth also into a large place;
he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
JEHOVAH rewarded me
according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands
hath he recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of JEHOVAH,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all his judgments were before me,
and I did not put away his statutes from me.
I was also upright before him,
and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
Therefore hath JEHOVAH recompensed me
according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful;
with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure;
and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
For thou wilt save the afflicted people;
but wilt bring down high looks.
For thou wilt light my candle:
JEHOVAH my God will enlighten my darkness.
For by thee I have run through a troop;
and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
As for God, his way is perfect:
the word of JEHOVAH is tried:
he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
For who is God save JEHOVAH?
or who is a rock save our God?
It is God that girdeth me with strength,
and maketh my way perfect.
He maketh my feet like hinds' feet,
and setteth me upon my high places.
He teacheth my hands to war,
so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation:
and thy right hand hath holden me up,
and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Thou hast enlarged my steps under me,
that my feet did not slip.
I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them:
neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
I have wounded them that they were not able to rise:
they are fallen under my feet.
For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle:
thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies;
that I might destroy them that hate me.
They cried, but there was none to save them:
even unto JEHOVAH,
but he answered them not.
Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind:
I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people;
and thou hast made me the head of the heathen:
a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me:
the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
The strangers shall fade away,
and be afraid out of their close places.
JEHOVAH liveth; and blessed be my rock;
and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
It is God that avengeth me,
and subdueth the people under me.
He delivereth me from mine enemies:
yea, thou liftest me up above
those that rise up against me:
thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O JEHOVAH,
among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
Great deliverance giveth he to his king;
and sheweth mercy to his anointed,
to David, and to his seed for evermore.