95 Come! Let’s sing for joy to the Lord!
Let’s shout out praises to our protector who delivers us! 1
2 Let’s enter his presence 2 with thanksgiving!
Let’s shout out to him in celebration! 3
3 For the Lord is a great God,
a great king who is superior to 4 all gods.
4 The depths of the earth are in his hand, 5
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it.
His hands formed the dry land.
6 Come! Let’s bow down and worship! 6
Let’s kneel before the Lord, our creator!
7 For he is our God;
we are the people of his pasture,
the sheep he owns. 7
Today, if only you would obey him! 8
8 He says, 9 “Do not be stubborn like they were at Meribah, 10
like they were that day at Massah 11 in the wilderness, 12
9 where your ancestors challenged my authority, 13
and tried my patience, even though they had seen my work.
10 For forty years I was continually disgusted 14 with that generation,
and I said, ‘These people desire to go astray; 15
they do not obey my commands.’ 16
11 So I made a vow in my anger,
‘They will never enter into the resting place I had set aside for them.’” 17
96 Sing to the Lord a new song! 1
Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Sing to the Lord! Praise his name!
Announce every day how he delivers! 2
3 Tell the nations about his splendor!
Tell 3 all the nations about his amazing deeds!
4 For the Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise;
he is more awesome than all gods. 4
5 For all the gods of the nations are worthless, 5
but the Lord made the sky.
6 Majestic splendor emanates from him; 6
his sanctuary is firmly established and beautiful. 7
7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the nations,
ascribe to the Lord splendor and strength!
8 Ascribe to the Lord the splendor he deserves! 8
Bring an offering and enter his courts!
9 Worship the Lord in holy attire! 9
Tremble before him, all the earth!
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
The world is established, it cannot be moved.
He judges the nations fairly.”
11 Let the sky rejoice, and the earth be happy!
Let the sea and everything in it shout!
12 Let the fields and everything in them celebrate!
Then let the trees of the forest shout with joy
13 before the Lord, for he comes!
For he comes to judge the earth!
He judges the world fairly, 10
and the nations in accordance with his justice. 11
97 The Lord reigns!
Let the earth be happy!
Let the many coastlands rejoice!
2 Dark clouds surround him;
equity and justice are the foundation of his throne. 1
3 Fire goes before him;
on every side 2 it burns up his enemies.
4 His lightning bolts light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of the whole earth.
6 The sky declares his justice,
and all the nations see his splendor.
7 All who worship idols are ashamed,
those who boast about worthless idols.
All the gods bow down before him. 3
8 Zion hears and rejoices,
the towns 4 of Judah are happy,
because of your judgments, O Lord.
9 For you, O Lord, are the sovereign king 5 over the whole earth;
you are elevated high above all gods.
10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He protects 6 the lives of his faithful followers;
he delivers them from the power 7 of the wicked.
11 The godly bask in the light;
the morally upright experience joy. 8
12 You godly ones, rejoice in the Lord!
Give thanks to his holy name. 9