2 Samuel 22

David Sings to the Lord
(Psalm 18.1-50)

1 David sang a song to the Lord after the Lord had rescued him from his enemies, especially Saul. These are the words to David’s song:
  2 Our Lord and our God,
      you are my mighty rock,
          my fortress, my protector.
  3 You are the rock
          where I am safe.
      You are my shield,
      my powerful weapon,
          and my place of shelter.

      You rescue me and keep me
          from being hurt.
  4 I praise you, our Lord!
          I prayed to you,
      and you rescued me
          from my enemies.
  5 Death, like ocean waves,
          surrounded me,
      and I was almost swallowed
          by its flooding waters.

  6 Ropes from the world
      of the dead
          had coiled around me,
      and death had set a trap
          in my path.
  7 I was in terrible trouble
          when I called out to you,
      but from your temple
      you heard me
          and answered my prayer.
  8 Earth shook and shivered!
     The columns supporting the sky
          rocked back and forth.
     You were angry
  9      and breathed out smoke.
      Scorching heat and fiery flames
          spewed from your mouth.

10 You opened the heavens
          like curtains,
      and you came down
      with storm clouds
          under your feet.
11 You rode on the backs
          of flying creatures.
      You appeared
          with the wind as wings.
12 Darkness was your tent!
     Thunderclouds filled the sky,
          hiding you from sight.
13 Fiery coals lit up the sky
          in front of you.

14 Lord Most High, your voice
          thundered from the heavens.
15 You scattered your enemies
          with arrows of lightning.
16 You roared at the sea,
     and its deepest channels
          could be seen.
      You snorted,
      and the earth shook
          to its foundations.

17 You reached down from heaven,
      and you lifted me
          from deep in the ocean.
18 You rescued me from enemies
      who were hateful
          and too powerful for me.
19 On the day disaster struck,
      they came and attacked,
          but you defended me.
20 When I was fenced in,
      you freed and rescued me
          because you love me.
21 You are good to me, Lord,
          because I do right,
      and you reward me
          because I am innocent.
22 I do what you want
          and never turn to do evil.
23 I keep your laws in mind
     and never turn away
          from your teachings.
24 I obey you completely
          and guard against sin.
25 You have been good to me
          because I do right;
      you have rewarded me
      for being innocent
          by your standards.

26 You are always loyal
          to your loyal people,
      and you are faithful
          to the faithful.
27 With all who are sincere
          you are sincere,
      but you treat the unfaithful
          as their deeds deserve.
28 You rescue the humble,
      but you look for ways
          to put down the proud.

29 Our Lord and God,
          you are my lamp.
     You turn darkness to light.
30 You help me defeat armies
          and capture cities.

31 Your way is perfect, Lord,
          and your word is correct.
      You are a shield for those
          who run to you for help.
32 You alone are God!
          Only you are a mighty rock.
33 You are my strong fortress,
          and you set me free.
34 You make my feet run as fast
          as those of a deer,
      and you help me stand
          on the mountains.

35 You teach my hands to fight
      and my arms to use
          a bow of bronze.
36 You alone are my shield,
      and by coming to help me,
          you have made me famous.
37 You clear the way for me,
          and now I won’t stumble.

38 I kept chasing my enemies
      until I caught them
          and destroyed them.
39 I destroyed them!
     I stuck my sword
          through my enemies,
     and they were crushed
          under my feet.
40 You helped me win victories
      and forced my attackers
          to fall victim to me.

41 You made my enemies run,
          and I killed them.
42 They cried out for help,
          but no one saved them;
      they called out to you,
          but there was no answer.
43 I ground them to dust,
     and I squashed them
          like mud in the streets.

44 You rescued me
          from my stubborn people
      and made me the leader
      of foreign nations,
          who are now my slaves.
45 They obey and come crawling.
46   They have lost all courage
      and from their fortresses
          they come trembling.

47 You are the living Lord!
          I will praise you!
      You are a mighty rock.
      I will honor you
          for keeping me safe.
48 You took revenge for me,
      and you put nations
          in my power.
49 You protected me
          from violent enemies,
      and you made me much greater
          than all of them.

50 I will praise you, Lord,
     and I will honor you
          among the nations.
51 You give glorious victories
          to your chosen king.
     Your faithful love for David
      and for his descendants
          will never end.

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary