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Psalm 18*

To the director.* The song of the Lord’s servant, David. David wrote* this song at the time the Lord saved him from Saul and all his other enemies.

1He said, “Lord my strength, I love you!” 2The Lord is my Rock,* my Fortress,* my Place of Safety.” My God is my Rock. I run to him for protection. God is my shield. His power saves me.* The Lord is my hiding place high in the hills. 3They made fun of me. But I called to the Lord for help, and I was saved from my enemies! 4{My enemies were trying to kill me!} The ropes of death were all around me. I was caught in a flood carrying me to that place of death.* 5Ropes of the grave were all around me. Traps of death lay before me. 6Trapped, I called to the Lord for help. Yes, I called to my God. God was in his temple. He heard my voice. He heard my cry for help. 7The earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven shook. Why? Because the Lord was angry! 8Smoke came from God’s nose.* Burning flames came from God’s mouth, Burning sparks flew from him. 9The Lord tore open the sky, and he came down! He stood on a thick, dark cloud. 10The Lord was flying {across the sky}, riding on the flying Cherub angels. He was soaring high on the wind. 11The Lord was hidden in the dark clouds that surrounded him like a tent. He was hidden in the thick thunder clouds. 12Then, God’s shining brightness broke through the clouds. There was hail and flashes of lightning. 13The Lord thundered from the sky! God Most-High let his voice be heard. There was hail and flashes of lightning. 14The Lord shot his arrows* and scattered the enemy. The Lord sent many bolts of lightning and the people scattered in confusion. 15Lord, you shouted your command; and a powerful wind began to blow.* {The water was pushed back,} and we could see the bottom of the sea. We could see the earth’s foundations. 16The Lord reached down from above and saved me. The Lord caught me and pulled me out of deep water (trouble). 17My enemies were stronger than me. Those people hated me. My enemies were too strong for me, so God saved me. 18I was in trouble, and my enemies attacked me. But the Lord was there to support me! 19The Lord loves me, so he rescued me. He took me to a safe place. 20I am innocent, so the Lord will give me my reward. I did nothing wrong, so he will do good things for me. 21Why? Because I obeyed the Lord! I did not sin against my God. 22I always remember the Lord’s decisions. I obey his laws!  23I was pure and honest with him. I kept myself from doing bad things. 24So the Lord will give me my reward! Why? Because I am innocent! The way God sees it, I did nothing wrong, so he will do good things for me. 25Lord, if a person really loves you, then you will show your true love to him. If a person is true to you, then you will be true to him. 26Lord, you are good and pure to people that are good and pure. But, you can outsmart the meanest and sneakiest people. 27Lord, you help humble people. But you humiliate proud people. 28Lord, you light my lamp. My God lights up the darkness around me! 29With your help, Lord, I can run with the soldiers. With God’s help, I can climb over enemy walls. 30God’s power is complete.* The Lord’s word has been tested. He protects people who trust him. 31There is no God except the Lord. There is no Rock,* except our God. 32God gives me strength. He helps me live a pure life. 33God helps me run fast like a deer. He keeps me steady in high places. 34God trains me for war, so my arms can bend a powerful bow.* 35God, you protected me and helped me win. You supported me with your right arm. You helped me defeat my enemy. 36Make my legs and ankles strong, so I can walk fast without stumbling. 37Then I can chase my enemies and catch them. I won’t come back until they are destroyed! 38I will defeat my enemies. They won’t get up again. All my enemies will be under my feet. 39God, you made me strong in battle. You made my enemies fall before me. 40You gave me a chance to strike at my enemy’s neck, and I cut my opponent down! 41My enemies called for help, but there was no one to save them. They even called to the Lord, but he did not answer them. 42I beat my enemies to pieces. They were like dust blowing in the wind. I crushed them into small pieces. 43Save me from the people that fight against me. Make me the leader of those nations. People I don’t even know will serve me. 44Those people will hear about me and quickly obey me. Those foreigners will be afraid of me. 45Those foreigners will wilt with fear. They will come from their hiding places shaking with fear. 46The Lord is alive! I praise my Rock,* God saves me. He is great! 47God punished my enemies for me. He put people under my control. 48Lord, you rescued me from my enemies. You helped me defeat the people who stood against me. You saved me from cruel men. 49Lord, that is why I praise you among the nations. That is why I sing songs about your name. 50The Lord helps his king win many battles! He shows his true love for his chosen king. He will be loyal to David and his descendants forever!

Psalm 18 This song is also found in 2 Sam. 22. director Or, “performer.” wrote Or, “spoke.” Rock A name for God to show he is a strong place of safety. Fortress A building or city with tall, strong walls for protection. His power saves me Or, “He is the horn of my salvation.” place of death Or, “the place of no return, the grave.” smoke … nose Or, “In his anger, smoke rose {from him}” arrows That is, “lightning.” Lord … blow Or, “Lord, you spoke harshly, and a breath of wind came from your nostrils.” God’s power … complete Or, “God’s way is perfect.” Rock A name for God to show he is a strong place of safety. so my arms … bow Or, “so my arms can string a bronzed bow”—a bow made of sinew, wood, horn, and possibly bronze.

Psalm 19

To the director.* A song of David.*

1The heavens speak about God’s glory. The skies tell about the good things his hands have made. 2Each new day tells more of the story. And each night reveals more and more about God’s power. 3You can’t really hear any speech or words. They don’t make any sound we can hear. 4But their “voice” goes throughout the world. Their “words” go to the ends of the earth. The sky is like a home for the sun. 5The sun comes out like a happy bridegroom from his bedroom. The sun begins its path across the sky like an athlete eager to run his race. 6The sun starts at one end of the sky, and it runs all the way to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat. {The Lord’s teachings are like that.} 7The Lord’s teachings are perfect. They give strength to God’s people. The Lord’s Agreement* can be trusted. It helps foolish people become wise. 8The Lord’s laws are right. They make people happy. The Lord’s commands are good. They show people the right way to live. 9Worshiping the Lord is like a light that will shine bright forever. The Lord’s judgments are good and fair. They are completely right. 10The Lord’s teachings are worth more than the best gold. They are sweeter than the best honey that comes straight from the honeycomb. 11The Lord’s teachings warn his servant. Good things come from obeying them. 12{Lord,} no person can see all of his own mistakes. So don’t let me do secret sins. 13Don’t let me do the sins I want to do. Don’t let those sins rule me. If you help me, then I can be pure and free from my sins. 14I hope my words and thoughts please you. Lord, you are my Rock* —You are the One who saves me.

director Or, “performer.” A song of David Or, “A song dedicated to David.” Agreement This probably means the Law of Moses, the commands and agreement God made with the people of Israel. Rock A name for God to show he is a strong place of safety.

Psalm 20

To the director.* A song of David.*

1May the Lord answer your call for help when you have troubles. May the God of Jacob protect you. 2May God send you help from his Holy Place. May he support you from Zion.* 3May God remember all the gifts you offered. May he accept all your sacrifices.* SELAH* 4May God give you what you really want. May he make all your plans successful. 5We will be happy when God helps you. Let’s praise God’s name. May the Lord give you everything that you ask for! 6Now I know the Lord helps the king he chose! God was in his holy heaven, and he answered his chosen king. God used his great power to save the king. 7Some people trust their chariots.* Other people trust their soldiers. But we remember the Lord our God. 8Those other people were defeated—they died in battle. But we won! We are the winners! 9The Lord saved his chosen king! God’s chosen king called for help. And God answered!

director Or, “performer.” A song of David Or, “A song dedicated to David.” Zion The southeast part of the mountain Jerusalem is built on. Sometimes it means the people of God living in Jerusalem. sacrifice(s) A sacrifice was a gift to God. Usually, it was a special animal that was killed and burned on an altar. SELAH This word is for the musicians. It probably means the singers should pause here or the music should be louder here. chariot(s) A small wagon used in war.  

Psalm 21

To the director.* A song of David.*

1Lord, your strength makes the king happy. He is so happy when you save him. 2You gave the king the things he wanted. Lord, the king asked for some things, and you gave him what he asked for. SELAH* 3Lord, you really blessed the king. You put the gold crown on his head. 4God, the king asked you for life. And you gave it to him! You gave him a long life that continues forever and ever. 5You led the king to victory and gave him great glory. You gave him honor and praise. 6God, you really blessed the king forever. When the king sees your face, it makes him very happy. 7The king trusts the Lord. God Most-High will not disappoint him. 8God, you will show all your enemies that you are strong. Your power will defeat the people who hate you. 9Lord, when you are with the king, he is like a hot oven {that burns up everything in it}. His anger burns like a hot fire, and he destroys his enemies. 10The families of his enemies will be destroyed. They will be gone from the earth. 11Why? Because those people planned bad things against you, Lord. They planned to do bad things, but they didn’t succeed. 12Lord, you made those people your slaves. You tied them together with ropes. You put ropes around their necks. You made them bow down like slaves. 13Lord, let the songs of your power exalt you! We will sing and play songs about your greatness!

director Or, “performer.” A song of David Or, “A song dedicated to David.” SELAH This word is for the musicians. It probably means the singers should pause here or the music should be louder here.

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