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My buckler, and the horn of my salvation,
And my high tower.
Who is worthy to be praised ;
(II. Reference to Sufferings.) 4 The sorrows of death compassed me,
And the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. 5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about;
The snares of death prevented me.
And cried unto my God:
(III. Divine Interposition.) 7 Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations also of the hills moved and were
shaken, Because He was wroth. 8 There went up a smoke out of His nostrils,
And fire out of His mouth devoured:
Coals were kindled by it. 9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down:
And darkness was under His feet. 10 And He rode upon a cherub, and did fly:
Yea, He did fly upon the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness His secret place;
His pavilion round about Him were dark waters
And thick clouds of the skies. 12 At the brightness that was before Him His thick
Hail stones and coals of fire. 13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
And the Highest gave His voice;
Hail stones and coals of fire. 14 Yea, He sent out His arrows, and scattered them;
And He shot out lightnings, and discomfited them. 15 Then the channels of waters were seen,
And the foundations of the world were discovered,
(IV. Deliverance.) 16 He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of
waters. 17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
And from them which hated me:
For they were too strong for me. 18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity :
But the Lord was my stay. 19 He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me.
(V. Integrity.) 20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteous
ness ; According to the cleanness of my hands hath He
recompensed me. 21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
And have not wickedly departed from my God. 22 For all His judgments were before me,
And I did not put away His statutes from me. 23 I was also upright before Him,
And I kept myself from mine iniquity.
24 Therefore hath the Lord recompensed me,
According to my righteousness,
(VI. Equity and Goodness of God.) 25 With the merciful Thou wilt shew Thyself merciful; With an upright man Thou wilt shew Thyself up
right; 26 With the pure Thou wilt shew Thyself pure; And with the froward Thou wilt shew Thyself
froward. 27 For Thou wilt save the afflicted people ;
But wilt bring down high looks. 28 For Thou wilt light my candle:
The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
(VII. Glory of the victory ascribed to God.) 29 For by Thee I have run through a troop;
And by my God have I leaped over a wall. 30 As for God, His way is perfect :
The word of the Lord is tried :
He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him. 31 For who is God save the Lord ?
Or who is a rock save our God ? 32 It is God that girdeth me with strength,
And maketh my way perfect. 33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet,
And setteth me upon my high places. 34 He teacheth my hands to war,
So that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. 35 Thou hast also given me the shield of Thy salvamy feet.
And Thy right hand hath holden me up,
And Thy gentleness hath made me great. 36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, That my feet did not slip.
(VIII. Completeness of the victory.) 37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them:
Neither did I turn again till they were consumed. 38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise:
They are fallen under 39 For Thou hast girded me with strength unto the
battle : Thou hast subdued under me those that rose up
against me. 40 Thou hast given me the necks of mine enemies;
That I might destroy them that hate me. 41 They cried, but there was none to save them;
Even unto the Lord, but He answered them not. 42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the
(IX. Submission of the heathen.) 43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the
people; And Thou hast made me the head of the heathen:
A people whom I have not known shall serve me. 44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me :
The strangers shall submit themselves unto me. 45 The strangers shall fade away, And be afraid out of their close places.
(X. Praise.) 46 The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock;
And let the God of my salvation be exalted. .47 It is God that avengeth me,
And subdueth the people unto me. 48 He delivereth me from mine enemies : Yea, Thou liftest me up above those that rise up
against me: Thou hast delivered me from the violent man. 49 Therefore will I give thanks unto Thee, O Lord,
among the heathen,
And sheweth mercy to His anointed,
1. God is our strength: and if we love Him, trust in Him, and call upon Him, we shall be saved from all our enemies.
2. Many were the sufferings of Christ; many are those of His followers. After His example, the season of trial should be the season of prayer.
3. The prayer of faith is always heard and answered. Remember the Red Sea, and Sinai, and the resurrection of our Lord: there see the divine power and goodness. Surely the wicked have the greatest reason to fear; the good, to hope !
4. Our blessed Lord was delivered from His enemies. God is always the deliverer of His Church and people. If He delight in us, we shall be brought forth into a large place: our hearts shall be enlarged.