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  • Psalm 18:1-20
  • Diligam te, Domine


1 I love you, O LORD my strength, *

O LORD my stronghold, my crag, and my haven.

2 My God, my rock in whom I put my trust, *

my shield, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge;

you are worthy of praise.

3 I will call upon the LORD, *

and so shall I be saved from my enemies.

4 The breakers of death rolled over me, *

and the torrents of oblivion made me afraid.

5 The cords of hell entangled me, *

and the snares of death were set for me.

6 I called upon the LORD in my distress *

and cried out to my God for help.

7 He heard my voice from his heavenly dwelling; *

my cry of anguish came to his ears.

8 The earth reeled and rocked; *

the roots of the mountains shook;

they reeled because of his anger.

9 Smoke rose from his nostrils

and a consuming fire out of his mouth; *

hot burning coals blazed forth from him.

10 He parted the heavens and came down *

with a storm cloud under his feet.

11 He mounted on cherubim and flew; *

he swooped on the wings of the wind.

12 He wrapped darkness about him; *

he made dark waters and thick clouds his pavilion.

13 From the brightness of his presence, through the clouds, *

burst hailstones and coals of fire.

14 The LORD thundered out of heaven; *

the Most High uttered his voice.

15 He loosed his arrows and scattered them; *

he hurled thunderbolts and routed them.

16 The beds of the seas were uncovered,

and the foundations of the world laid bare, *

at your battle cry, O LORD,

at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

17 He reached down from on high and grasped me; *

he drew me out of great waters.

18 He delivered me from my strong enemies

and from those who hated me; *

for they were too mighty for me.

19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster; *

but the LORD was my support.

20 He brought me out into an open place; *

he rescued me because he delighted in me.

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  chanted by the Rev. Philip Mayer
St. Peter's by the Lake Episcopal Church
The Colony, Texas