To the director. By Jehovah’s servant David, who addressed the words of this song to Jehovah in the day that Jehovah rescued him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:+
18 I have affection for you, O Jehovah, my strength.+
2 Jehovah is my crag and my stronghold and the One who rescues me.+
6 In my distress I called on Jehovah,
To my God I kept crying for help.
7 Then the earth began to shake and rock;+
The foundations of the mountains trembled
And shook back and forth because he had been angered.+
8 Smoke ascended from his nostrils,
And a consuming fire came from his mouth;+
Glowing coals blazed from him.
10 He rode on a cherub and came flying.+
He swooped down on the wings of a spirit.*+
12 From the brightness before him
Hail and fiery coals broke through the clouds.
13 Then Jehovah began to thunder in the heavens;+
The Most High made his voice heard+
With hailstones and fiery coals.
15 The streambeds* became visible;+
The foundations of the land were exposed by your rebuke, O Jehovah,
By the blast of the breath from your nostrils.+
20 Jehovah rewards me according to my righteousness;+
21 For I have kept the ways of Jehovah,
And I have not wickedly abandoned my God.
22 All his judgments are before me;
I will not disregard his statutes.
24 May Jehovah repay me according to my righteousness,+
According to the innocence of my hands before him.+
25 With someone loyal you act in loyalty;+
With the blameless man you deal blamelessly;+
26 With the pure you show yourself pure,+
But with the crooked you show yourself shrewd.+
He is a shield to all those taking refuge in him.+
31 For who is a God besides Jehovah?+
And who is a rock except our God?+
34 He trains my hands for warfare;
My arms can bend a bow of copper.
35 You give me your shield of salvation,+
Your right hand supports* me,
And your humility makes me great.+
37 I will pursue my enemies and overtake them;
I will not return until they are wiped out.
41 They cry for help, but there is no one to save them;
They even cry to Jehovah, but he does not answer them.
42 I will pound them as fine as dust in the wind;
I will throw them out like mud in the streets.
43 You will rescue me from the faultfinding of the people.+
You will appoint me the head of nations.+
A people whom I have not known will serve me.+
46 Jehovah is alive! Praised be my Rock!+
Let the God of my salvation be exalted.+
48 He rescues me from my angry enemies;
You lift me high above those who attack me;+
You save me from the man of violence.
49 That is why I will glorify you among the nations, O Jehovah,+