As you read this psalm it refers to David and his descendants. Of course the last descendant we know from the Bible is Christ. A form of this Psalm is also found in II Samuel chapter twenty-two. This Psalm reveals David’s understanding of God’s way. Read each phase and see if your understanding of God’s way matches David’s understanding of God’s way.
I love you
I take refuge in the Lord
I call to the LORD
I am saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me 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.
The Lord heard my voice
my cry came before him The Lord 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 have not done evil by turning from my God. All his laws are before me
I have not turned away from his decrees. I have been blameless before him
I have kept myself from sin. 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, to the pure you show yourself pure
but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning
my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop
with my God I can scale a wall. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn. I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. You armed me with strength for battle
you made my adversaries bow at my feet. You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes. They cried for help, but there was no one to save them – to the LORD, but he did not answer. I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind; I poured them out like mud in the streets. You have delivered me from the attacks of the people
you have made me the head of nations; people I did not know are subject to me.
As soon as they hear me, they obey me; foreigners cringe before me. They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds. The LORD lives!
Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior! He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me, who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes
from violent men you rescued me. Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD
I will sing praises to your name. He gives his king great victories
he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed to David and his descendants forever.