Psalm 18

Diligam te, Domine
1
I will love you, O Lord my strength; *
the Lord is my rock, my stronghold, and my deliverer,
2
My Savior, my God, and my might, in whom I will trust, *
my buckler, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge.
3
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; *
so shall I be safe from my enemies.
4
The waves of death encompassed me; *
the floods that would swallow me up made me afraid.
5
The cords of the grave surrounded me; *
the snares of death overtook me.
6
In my trouble I called upon the Lord *
and cried unto my God for help.
7
From his holy temple he heard my voice. *
My complaint came before him; it entered into his ears.
8
The earth trembled and quaked; *
the very foundations of the hills shook and were removed, because he was angry.
9
There went out smoke from his nostrils and a consuming fire out of his mouth; *
coals of fire issued from his presence.
10
He parted the heavens also and came down, *
and it was dark under his feet.
11
He rode upon the cherubim and flew; *
he came flying upon the wings of the wind.
12
He made darkness his secret place; *
dark waters and thick clouds were his covering round about him.
13
At the brightness of his presence his clouds broke forth: *
hailstones and coals of fire.
14
The Lord also thundered out of heaven, and the Most High gave forth his voice: *
hailstones, and coals of fire.
15
He sent out his arrows and scattered them; *
he cast forth lightning and destroyed them.
16
The springs of water were seen, and the foundations of the world were uncovered, *
at your rebuke, O Lord, at the blasting of the breathof your displeasure.
17
He reached down from on high to grasp me, *
and he took me out of many waters.
18
He delivered me from my strongest enemy, and from those who hated me, *
for they were too mighty for me.
19
They confronted me in the day of my trouble, *
but the Lord upheld me.
20
He brought me forth into a place of liberty; *
he delivered me, because I had found favor in his eyes.