New American Bible (Revised Edition)
7 In my distress I called out: Lord!
I cried out to my God.(A)
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry to him reached his ears.
8 [a]The earth rocked and shook;
the foundations of the mountains trembled;
they shook as his wrath flared up.(B)
9 Smoke rose from his nostrils,
a devouring fire from his mouth;
it kindled coals into flame.
- 18:8–16 God appears in the storm, which in Palestine comes from the west. The introduction to the theophany (Ps 18:8–9) is probably a description of a violent, hot, and dry east-wind storm. In the fall transition period from the rainless summer to the rainy winter such storms regularly precede the rains, cf. Ex 14:21–22.