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The God Who Delivers

The God Who Delivers
(excerpts from Psalm 18)

Psa 18:1-6 (TLB)
 This song of David was written at a time when the Lord had delivered him from his many enemies, including Saul. 

Lord, how I love you! 
For you have done such tremendous things for me. 

{2} The Lord is my fort where I can enter and be safe; 
no one can follow me in and slay me.
 He is a rugged mountain where I hide; 
he is my Savior, a rock where none can reach me, and a tower of safety. 
He is my shield. He is like the strong horn of a mighty fighting bull. 
{3} All I need to do is cry to him--oh, praise the Lord--
and I am saved from all my enemies!

 {4} Death bound me with chains, 
and the floods of ungodliness mounted a massive attack against me.
 {5} Trapped and helpless,
 I struggled against the ropes that drew me on to death.
 {6} In my distress I screamed to the Lord for his help.
 And he heard me from heaven; my cry reached his ears... 

Psa 18:16-28 (TLB) 
He reached down from heaven
 and took me and drew me out of my great trials.
 He rescued me from deep waters. 
{17} He delivered me from my strong enemy,
 from those who hated me--
I who was helpless in their hands. 

{18} On the day when I was weakest, they attacked. 
But the Lord held me steady. 
{19} He led me to a place of safety, for he delights in me.

 {20} The Lord rewarded me for doing right and being pure.
 {21} For I have followed his commands 
and have not sinned by turning back from following him. 
{22} I kept close watch on all his laws; I did not refuse a single one.
 {23} I did my best to keep them all, 
holding myself back from doing wrong. 

{24} And so the Lord has paid me with his blessings,
 for I have done what is right, and I am pure of heart.
 This he knows, for he watches my every step. 

{25} Lord, how merciful you are to those who are merciful. 
And you do not punish those who run from evil. 
{26} You give blessings to the pure 
but pain to those who leave your paths. 
{27} You deliver the humble but condemn the proud and haughty ones. 

{28} You have turned on my light! 
The Lord my God has made my darkness turn to light.


Psa 18:30-32 (TLB)
 {30} What a God he is! How perfect in every way! 
All his promises prove true. 
He is a shield for everyone who hides behind him. 

{31} For who is God except our Lord? Who but he is as a rock?
 {32} He fills me with strength and protects me wherever I go.


Psa 18:46-50a (TLB)
{46} God is alive! 
Praise him who is the great rock of protection.
 {47} He is the God who pays back those who harm me 
and subdues the nations before me. 

{48} He rescues me from my enemies; 
he holds me safely out of their reach 
and saves me from these powerful opponents.

 {49} For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations. 
{50} Many times you have miraculously rescued me...


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