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. 2
3 Fire goes before him;
on every side 3 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. 4
8 Zion hears and rejoices,
the towns 5 of Judah are happy,
because of your judgments, O Lord.
9 For you, O Lord, are the sovereign king 6 over the whole earth;
you are elevated high above all gods.
10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He protects 7 the lives of his faithful followers;
he delivers them from the power 8 of the wicked.
11 The godly bask in the light;
the morally upright experience joy. 9
12 You godly ones, rejoice in the Lord!
Give thanks to his holy name. 10
98 A psalm.
Sing to the Lord a new song, 2
for he performs 3 amazing deeds!
His right hand and his mighty arm
accomplish deliverance. 4
2 The Lord demonstrates his power to deliver; 5
in the sight of the nations he reveals his justice.
3 He remains loyal and faithful to the family of Israel. 6
All the ends of the earth see our God deliver us. 7
4 Shout out praises to the Lord, all the earth!
Break out in a joyful shout and sing!
5 Sing to the Lord accompanied by a harp,
accompanied by a harp and the sound of music!
6 With trumpets and the blaring of the ram’s horn,
shout out praises before the king, the Lord!
7 Let the sea and everything in it shout,
along with the world and those who live in it!
8 Let the rivers clap their hands!
Let the mountains sing in unison
9 before the Lord!
For he comes to judge the earth!
He judges the world fairly, 8
and the nations in a just manner.
99 The Lord reigns!
The nations tremble. 2
He sits enthroned above the winged angels; 3
the earth shakes. 4
2 The Lord is elevated 5 in Zion;
he is exalted over all the nations.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name!
He 6 is holy!
4 The king is strong;
he loves justice. 7
You ensure that legal decisions will be made fairly; 8
you promote justice and equity in Jacob.
5 Praise 9 the Lord our God!
Worship 10 before his footstool!
He is holy!
6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests;
Samuel was one of those who prayed to him. 11
They 12 prayed to the Lord and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them from a pillar of cloud; 13
they obeyed his regulations and the ordinance he gave them.
8 O Lord our God, you answered them.
They found you to be a forgiving God,
but also one who punished their sinful deeds. 14
9 Praise 15 the Lord our God!
Worship on his holy hill,
for the Lord our God is holy!