Psalms 18:1-5; Psalms 18:16-24

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Psalms 18:1-5

1 I love you, God - you make me strong.
2 God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God - the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout.
3 I sing to God, the Praise-Lofty, and find myself safe and saved.
4 The hangman's noose was tight at my throat; devil waters rushed over me.
5 Hell's ropes cinched me tight; death traps barred every exit.

Psalms 18:16-24

16 But me he caught - reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out
17 that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning.
18 They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me.
19 He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved - surprised to be loved!
20 God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start.
21 Now I'm alert to God's ways; I don't take God for granted.
22 Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick.
23 I feel put back together, and I'm watching my step.
24 God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.