15. Psalm 18- Calling upon God in distress

I love You O YHWH, my Strength. O Lord, my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer, my God, my Mountain, in Whom I take refuge, my Shield, the Horn of my Salvation, my Stronghold. I call upon You O YHWH, Who Alone Are Worthy to be praised, then I am saved from my enemies. When cords of death encompass me, or torrents of perdition assail me, yea when cords of the grave nearly entangle me and the snares of death confront me. In my distress I call upon You O YHWH, yea to God my soul cries for Help. And from Your Temple You Hear my inner voice, yea my complaints reach Your Ears. Then in the end the Earth will reel and rock, the foundations of the mountains will tremble and quake, because You Are Angry. Smoke coming from Your Nostrils and Devouring Fire From Your Mouth, Yea Glowing Coals Flaming Forth From You. You Will Bow the Heavens and Come Down with thick darkness under Your Feet, Riding upon a cherub and Flying Swiftly upon the wings of the wind. Making darkness Your Covering around about, Your Canopy; thick clouds dark with water. Out of the brightness before You hailstones and coals of fire break through the clouds. Yea O YHWH You Thunder in the Heavens, when You The Most High Utter Your Voice, hailstones and coals of fire rain down. You Send Out Your Arrows and Scatter them, Flashing Forth Lightning Bolts and Routing them. Then the trenches of the sea will be seen as the foundations of the world are laid bare at Your Rebuke, O Lord, at the Blast of Breath from Your Nostrils. You Reach from on High, and You Take me, yea You Draw me Out of many waters. I drowned 3 times as a youth and survived many, very harrowing water related experiences in rivers, lakes, pools and seas! You Deliver me from strong enemies and from those who hate me, and they would be formidable for some troops moreover one man. They seek to attack me in the days of my calamity but You YHWH Are my Stay. You Bring me Forth into a broad place JCR yea You Deliver me, because You Delight In me. O YHWH You Reward me according to my Righteousness, according to the cleanliness of my hands, You Recompense me. For I have kept Your Ways and have not wickedly departed from You, my God. For all Your Ordinances were before me and Your Statutes I did not put away. I became blameless Before You and I keep myself from guilt. Therefore O YHWH You Alone Recompense me according to my Righteousness, according to the cleanliness of my hands In Your Sight. For With the loyal You Do Show Yourself Loyal, with the blameless You Do Show Yourself Blameless, with the pure You Do Show Yourself Pure and with the froward You Do Show Yourself Froward. For You Do Deliver a humble people, but the arrogant You Do Bring Down. Yea, You Light my lamp, O YHWH my God You Do Lighten my darkness. By You Alone I can crush a troop, By You my God I can leap over any wall! God, Your Way is Perfect, yea Your Promise O YHWH Proves True, You Are A Shield for all those who take refuge in You. For who is God, but You YHWH? Yea who is a rock, except our God? The One God Who Girds me with strength and Makes my way safe. You Make my feet like hinds’ feet hinds are female deer whose legs/feet are designed for extra weight during pregnancy and Sit me secure on the heights. You Train my hands for war so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You Have Given me the Shield of Your Salvation and Your Right Hand Supports me, Your Help Alone Gives me greatness. Yea You Do Give a wide place for my steps under me and my feet do not slip. So I will pursue my and Your enemies to overtake them and I will not turn back till they are consumed. I will thrust them through so they are not able to rise, yea they will fall under my feet. For You Do Gird me With Strength for the battle, You Do Make all my assailants sink under me. Yea You Do Make my enemies turn their backs to me and those who hate me, I destroy. They cry for help, but there is none to save, they even cry to You O YHWH but You will not answer them. So I beat them fine as dust before the wind, I cast them out like the mire of the streets. Yea You Do Deliver me from strife with the peoples. You Do Shape me to be head of the nations, so people whom I had not known will serve me. As soon as they hear of me they will obey me, foreigners will come cringing to me. Foreigners who lost heart and come trembling out of their fastness. Yea You YHWH Live, Blessed Be my Rock and Exalted Be You, God of my Salvation, my God Who Gives me Vengeance and Subdues peoples under me, Who Delivers me from my enemies, yea You Do Exalt me Above my adversaries and You Do Deliver me from men of evil and for this I will extol You Forever! O YHWH, among the peoples I will voice praises to Your Name. For Great Triumphs You Give to Kings, You Show Steadfast Love to Your Anointed, yea to me David and my line in perpetuum.