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 and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have
been saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction
The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death
In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for
From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him,
into his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the
mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.
He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under
He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of
The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High
He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts
of lightning he routed them.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me
out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were
too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord
was my support.
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.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I am not guilty of
turning from my God.
The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according
to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
Verses 30,35, 43,46
As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand
sustains me; your help has made me great.
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,
The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my
David wrote a great Psalm of praise after he had been in a
horrible place. He trusted that God heard his request for help, and God showed
great kindness to him, rescuing him from his enemies, giving him wonderful circumstances.
David said God rewarded him because of his, David’s,
righteousness. Many times in other places, David admits his sin and grieves
because of it.
Was this before some of his most famous sins? Was he not
admitting his sin? Was he simply so secure in God’s love and forgiveness, that
he wanted just to praise God for the good in his life?
Lord, I pray to have more of David’s closeness to you, his confidence in your love, and his willingness to share your name with others.