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Psalms 18 - NIV

[a]For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:


I love you, Lord, my strength.


The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold.


I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.

4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.


In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.

7 The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.

8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.

9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.

10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.

12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

13 The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.[d]

14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
with great bolts of lightning he routed them.

15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, Lord,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.


He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.

17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.


The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.

22 All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.

23 I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.

24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.


To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.

27 You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

28 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.

29 With your help I can advance against a troop[e] ;
with my God I can scale a wall.


As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?

32 It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.

33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.

34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.

36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.


I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.

39 You armed me with strength for battle;
you humbled my adversaries before me.

40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
and I destroyed my foes.

41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
to the Lord, but he did not answer.

42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;
I trampled them[f] like mud in the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
you have made me the head of nations.
People I did not know now serve me,

44 foreigners cower before me;
as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.

45 They all lose heart;
they come trembling from their strongholds.


The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!

47 He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me,

48 who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
from a violent man you rescued me.

49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing the praises of your name.


He gives his king great victories;
he shows unfailing love to his anointed,
to David and to his descendants forever.


a. Psalms 18:1 In Hebrew texts 18:1-50 is numbered 18:2-51.
b. Psalms 18:2 Horn here symbolizes strength.
c. Psalms 18:2 Or sovereign
d. Psalms 18:13 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2?Samuel 22:14); most Hebrew manuscripts resounded,amid hailstones and bolts of lightning
e. Psalms 18:29 Or can run through a barricade
f. Psalms 18:42 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac and Targum (see also 2 Samuel 22:43); Masoretic Text I poured them out

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Shared by: Philip Harrelson on May, 2016
Summary: Psalm 18 focuses on the great protection we have from the Lord.
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Scripture: Psalms 18:1-50
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Shared by: Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on May, 2016
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Scripture: Psalms 18:1-50
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Feb, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD made my feet strong as hind's feet and sets me up securely upon my high places.
Scripture: Psalms 18:33
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Shared by: John Gaston on Jan, 2016
Summary: Ps.18 is David's summary of his life and experience with the Lord. David, as the "man after God's own heart," teaches us here about faith, relationship with God, and how God is faithful to deliverer.
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: The Lord, Who Is Worthy To Be Praised
Scripture: Psalms 18:1-19
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: Psalms 18:1-3
Denomination: Holiness
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: Psalms 18:1-3
Denomination: Holiness
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Shared by: bala samson on Nov, 2015
Summary: Only people who can run fearlessly and ruthlessly to meet giant Goliaths like David, can write such words!
Scripture: Psalms 18:29
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Shared by: Kelly Durant on Oct, 2015
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Shared by: Daniel Habben on Sep, 2015
Summary: The people used in David's life and the people God uses in our lives. (Based on Book "Agents of Grace" by Robert Koester.
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Jul, 2015
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Shared by: John Rogers on Feb, 2015
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Shared by: Pastor Dr. Tim Awotide on Nov, 2014
Summary: The reason He can do the impossible is because power, real power belongs to Him
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Jun, 2014
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Scripture: Psalms 18:3
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Shared by: Donnie De loney on Apr, 2014
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Scripture: Psalms 18:1-3
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Shared by: Tom Fuller on Nov, 2012
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Scripture: Psalms 18:1-50
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Shared by: Tessie R. Simmons on Sep, 2011
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Scripture: Psalms 18:29
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Shared by: John Shearhart on Aug, 2011
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Shared by: Rodelio Mallari on Dec, 2010
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Shared by: Steve Ely on Sep, 2010
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Scripture: Psalms 18:6
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Shared by: Shane Brown on May, 2010
Summary: A teaching about the importance of trusting in God.
based on 29 ratings
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Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Sep, 2009
Summary: Rock to Gods way of life.
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Shared by: Denn Guptill on Aug, 2009
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Scripture: Psalms 18:30-36
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Shared by: Jerry Thorpe on Mar, 2009
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Scripture: Psalms 18:6
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Shared by: James May on Nov, 2007
Summary: Are you an honorable veteran in the Lord’s Army? Thank God for all our veterans, both of the U. S. A. and of God’s Kingdom.
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Shared by: Ronnie Grizzle on Sep, 2007
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Scripture: Psalms 18:1
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Shared by: Larry Brincefield on May, 2007
Summary: A study of the word "kept"
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Scripture: Psalms 18:20-24
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Shared by: Rick Gillespie- Mobley on Apr, 2007
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Shared by: Dr. Jeremy Simpson on Mar, 2007
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