Mission of St. Clare logo Psalm 18:1-20 Diligam te, Domine

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength;
the Lord is my stony rock, and my defence, my Saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will trust, my buckler, the horn also of my salvation, and my refuge.

I will call upon the Lord, which is worthy to be praised;
so shall I be safe from mine enemies.

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the overflowings of ungodliness made me afraid.

The pains of hell came about me;
the snares of death overtook me.

In my trouble I will call upon the Lord, and complain unto my God.

So he shall hear my voice out of his holy temple, and my complaint shall come before him;
it shall enter even into his ears.

The earth trembled and quaked;
the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth.

There went a smoke out in his presence, and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindled at it.

He bowed the heavens also, and came down, and it was dark under his feet.

He rode upon the cherubims, and did fly;
he came flying upon the wings of the wind.

He made darkness his secret place, his pavilion round about him with dark water, and thick clouds to cover him.

At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed hail-stones and coals of fire.

The Lord also thundered out of heaven, and the Highest gave his thunder, hail-stones and coals of fire.

He sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
he cast forth lightnings, and destroyed them.

The springs of waters were seen, and the foundations of the round world were discovered, at thy chiding, O Lord, at the blasting of the breath of thy displeasure.

He shall send down from on high to fetch me, and shall take me out of many waters.

He shall deliver me from my strongest enemy, and from them which hate me;
for they are too mighty for me.

They prevented me in the day of my trouble;
but the Lord was my upholder.

He brought me forth also into a place of liberty;
he brought me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.