Psalm 018

1    Thee will I love, O Lord, my strength.

2          My fortress is the Lord,

     My rock, and he that doth to me

          deliverance afford:

     My God, my strength, whom I will trust,

          a buckler unto me,

     The horn of my salvation,

          and my high tow’r, is he.

3    Upon the Lord, who worthy is

          of praises, will I cry;

     And then shall I preserved be

          safe from mine enemy.

4    Floods of ill men affrighted me,

          death’s pangs about me went;

5    Hell’s sorrows me environed;

          death’s snares did me prevent.

6    In my distress I call’d on God,

          cry to my God did I;

     He from his temple heard my voice,

          to his ears came my cry.

7    Th’ earth, as affrighted, then did shake,

          trembling upon it seiz’d:

     The hills’ foundations moved were,

          because he was displeas’d.

8    Up from his nostrils came a smoke,

          and from his mouth there came

     Devouring fire, and coals by it

          were turned into flame.

9   He also bowed down the heav’ns,

          and thence he did descend;

     And thickest clouds of darkness did

          under his feet attend.

10   And he upon a cherub rode,

          and thereon he did fly;

     Yea, on the swift wings of the wind

          his flight was from on high.

11   He darkness made his secret place:

          about him, for his tent,

     Dark waters were, and thickest clouds

          of th’ airy firmament.

12   And at the brightness of that light,

          which was before his eye,

     His thick clouds pass’d away, hailstones

          and coals of fire did fly.

13   The Lord God also in the heav’ns

          did thunder in his ire;

     And there the Highest gave his voice,

          hailstones and coals of fire.

14   Yea, he his arrows sent abroad,

          and them he scattered;

     His lightnings also he shot out,

          and them discomfited.

15   The waters’ channels then were seen,

          the world’s foundations vast

     At thy rebuke discover’d were,

          and at thy nostrils’ blast.

16   And from above the Lord sent down,

          and took me from below;

     From many waters he me drew,

          which would me overflow.

17   He me reliev’d from my strong foes,

          and such as did me hate;

     Because he saw that they for me

          too strong were, and too great.

18   They me prevented in the day

          of my calamity;

     But even then the Lord himself

          a stay was unto me.

19   He to a place where liberty

          and room was hath me brought;

     Because he took delight in me,

          he my deliv’rance wrought.

20   According to my righteousness

          he did me recompense,

     He me repaid according to

          my hands’ pure innocence.

21   For I God’s ways kept, from my God

          did not turn wickedly.

22   His judgments were before me, I

          his laws put not from me.

23   Sincere before him was my heart;

          with him upright was I;

     And watchfully I kept myself

          from mine iniquity.

24   After my righteousness the Lord

          hath recompensed me,

     After the cleanness of my hands

          appearing in his eye.

25   Thou gracious to the gracious art,

          to upright men upright:

26   Pure to the pure, froward thou kyth’st

          unto the froward wight.

27   For thou wilt the afflicted save

          in grief that low do lie:

     But wilt bring down the countenance

          of them whose looks are high.

28   The Lord will light my candle so,

          that it shall shine full bright:

     The Lord my God will also make

          my darkness to be light.

29   By thee through troops of men I break,

          and them discomfit all;

     And, by my God assisting me,

          I overleap a wall.

30   As for God, perfect is his way:

          the Lord his word is try’d;

     He is a buckler to all those

          who do in him confide.

31   Who but the Lord is God? but he

          who is a rock and stay?

32   ‘Tis God that girdeth me with strength,

          and perfect makes my way.

33   He made my feet swift as the hinds,

          set me on my high places.

34   Mine hands to war he taught, mine arms

          brake bows of steel in pieces.

35   The shield of thy salvation

          thou didst on me bestow:

     Thy right hand held me up, and great

          thy kindness made me grow.

36   And in my way my steps thou hast

          enlarged under me,

     That I go safely, and my feet

          are kept from sliding free.

37   Mine en’mies I pursued have,

          and did them overtake;

     Nor did I turn again till I

          an end of them did make.

38   I wounded them, they could not rise;

          they at my feet did fall.

39   Thou girdedst me with strength for war;

          my foes thou brought’st down all:

40   And thou hast giv’n to me the necks

          of all mine enemies;

     That I might them destroy and slay,

          who did against me rise.

41   They cried out, but there was none

          that would or could them save;

     Yea, they did cry unto the Lord,

          but he no answer gave.

42   Then did I beat them small as dust

          before the wind that flies;

     And I did cast them out like dirt

          upon the street that lies.

43   Thou mad’st me free from people’s strife,

          and heathen’s head to be:

     A people whom I have not known

          shall service do to me.

44   At hearing they shall me obey,

          to me they shall submit.

45   Strangers for fear shall fade away,

          who in close places sit.

46   God lives, bless’d be my Rock; the God

          of my health praised be.

47   God doth avenge me, and subdues

          the people under me.

48   He saves me from mine enemies;

          yea, thou hast lifted me

     Above my foes; and from the man

          of vi’lence set me free.

49   Therefore to thee will I give thanks

          the heathen folk among;

     And to thy name, O Lord, I will

          sing praises in a song.

50   He great deliv’rance gives his king:

          he mercy doth extend

     To David, his anointed one,

          and his seed without end.

Ekklesia Muskogee is a reformed baptist church that gathers for worship in Muskogee, Oklahoma. We confess the 1689 second London baptist confession of faith. We affirm the five solas of the Reformation as well as the doctrines of grace (otherwise known as the five points of Calvinism), and each of our pastors would not be ashamed to be called a Calvinist. We are a church led by elders, of which there is a plurality (also called pastors and overseers in the Scriptures). Our mission is to make disciples, love cities, and plant churches.