The 18. Psalme of DAVID, which he made for the first be∣ginning of his gratulation and thankesgiuing vnto God, in the entring into his kingdome, for the maruelous mer∣cies, victories and graces of God towards him: para∣phrasticallie explaned and opened by that godlie lear∣ned man THEODORE BEZA.
I Doo loue thee, O LORD, my strength: I doo loue thee, euen from the bottome of my hart.
The Lord is my rocke, and my for∣tresse, my deliuerer, my God, my mount, my refuge, my sheeld, the horne wherwith I driue awaie the enimie, and my high tower of defence.
I haue praised the Lord, and called vpon him: and he hath deliuered me from all mine enimies.
Page 254 The bands of death had compassed me round about & bound me: most wicked men, like most raging flouds, made me afraid, enuironing me round about.
I did lie as it were wrapped in my winding sheete, euen snarled with the snares of death.
I called vpon the Lord in these extremities, I cal∣led vpon my God, I saie, and he heard my voice out of his high palace: and receiued into his eares the crie that I made vnto him in the prison.
Then began the earth to quake and tremble, the verie foundations of the mountaines to shake and shudder.
And he breathed out smoke from his nostrels, spit∣ting foorth fire out of his mouth: yea casting foorth euen coales of fire.
He bowed the heauens and came downe, the darke∣nesse being spred all abrode vnder his feete.
He did ride vpon the wings of the Angels, and was caried with the wings of the wind.
Blacke darknesse enuironed his tabernacle round about, and he was caried with most darke and thicke clouds.
Untill his glistering brightnesse did breake those clouds, and the flames of fire did flash on euerie side.
At the length, he thundered from heauen, and filled all places with his mightie sounding voice, and with haile-stones and lightenings.
He shot foorth his fierie darts, and increasing his lightenings, he terrified mine enimies, and destroied them.
Then the deepe bottoms of the waters appeared, and the foundations of the world were discouered at thy rebuke, O Lord, and at the blustering wind of thy wrath.
So then hath he (stretching his right hand from the heauen) taken me, and drawne me out of the bot∣tome Page 255 of the deepe waters.
From the mightie enimie, I saie, and from the other enimies, by whose power I was oppressed.
For they verelie had almost cast me downe, and de∣stroied me at the sudden: but he was my staffe that staied mee.
And he hath drawne me out of these streights, and placed me in an open and large place: bicause it so pleased him (without my deseruing) to fauour me.
For he had regard indeed of me, that so was oppres∣sed of these men without cause, & granted these things to me being guiltlesse.
For I haue followed the waie that the Lord hath appointed me, howsoeuer these men vexed me: neither could I be drawne by anie of their iniuries, that I should fall from my God as the wicked vse.
For I had all his lawes before mine eies, neither did I put his statutes foorth of my sight.
But I behaued my selfe without hypocrisie with him, neither did I followe mine affections, which else would easilie haue caried me foorth of the waie.
Therefore had the Lord regard of me that was op∣pressed of them without anie cause: and fauoured mee the innocent partie.
For thou, O Lord, wilt shew thy selfe good and vp∣right to them that deale vprightlie.
And as thou shewest thy selfe sincere, with them that deale sincerelie: so the craftie men shall perceiue thee to be more cunning.
For although manie times thy seruants be sore vex∣ed: yet dooest thou preserue them, and dooest cast downe those that behaue themselues so proudlie.
Hence haue I my light, whereby thou causest me to shine: and driuest awaie my darknesse.
Thou hast made me to ouercome these dangers ea∣silie, and to leape ouer the wals and lets that were in Page 256 my waie.
For the waie whereby God leadeth vs is plaine, the word of God is most pure: the Lord doth defend all that trust in him as with a shield.
For who is God, but the Lord? And who is migh∣tie, but our God onelie?
He hath girded me with power, and hath made my waie safe.
He hath made me as swift as the Hinds, and hath placed me in most high and safe places.
He hath taught mine hands to fight, and he hath gi∣uen me so great strength, that I am able to breake a bowe of brasse with these mine armes.
Thou hast preserued me with the protection of thy shield, & thou hast staied me with thy right hand, when I was readie to fall, through thy great mercie.
Thou hast caused me to go safelie without danger, and thou hast staied my sliding steps.
Therefore haue I pursued mine enimies, and taken them, and I haue not turned back, till I haue destroi∣ed them.
I haue so beaten them downe, and troden them vn∣der foote, that they were not able to raise themselues againe.
For thou verelie hast giuen me such strength, that they which haue risen against me, haue fallen hedlong at my feete.
Thou hast giuen me power to strike off their heads, and that I might destroie them that pursued me.
Yet Lord, I grant they cried vnto thee: but thou hast not deliuered them, neither wouldest heare their crie.
Therefore did I beate them small, like the dust that the wind scattereth abroad: and I did beate them like the mire, which is tempered vnder the foote of them that walke the streets.
Yea, also thou hast deliuered me from domesticall and Page 257 inward troubles, and thou hast giuen me dominion o∣uer the nations that I neuer knewe before.
Unknowne people (I saie) obey my commande∣ments, and strangers be compelled for feare to submit themselues vnto me.
The hearts of the strangers haue failed, so that they fall downe for feare in their strongest forts.
Let the Lord liue, and let him that is my defence be knowledged and worshipped of all, as he worthilie deserueth. Let God my deliuerer bee praised euerie-where.
Euen God (I saie) who is mine aduenger, who hath subdued so manie people vnder me.
Thou hast saued me from mine enimies, thou hast deliuered me from them that rose vp against me, espe∣ciallie from that cruell curssing man.
Therefore will I praise thee, euen amongst the prophane nations, and I will sing vnto thy Maiestie.
For verelie thou hast maruellouslie preserued thy Queene, & not onlie ELIZABETH hir selfe, whom thou hast annointed Queene, but also thou hast shewed sin∣gular fauour to hir posteritie that shall remaine for euer,