The Majesty of God's Rule
1The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
He has established the world; it shall never be moved;2your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
3The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.4More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
more majestic than the waves of the sea,
majestic on high is the Lord!
5Your decrees are very sure;
holiness befits your house,
O Lord, forevermore.Chapter 94God the Avenger of the Righteous
1O Lord, you God of vengeance,
you God of vengeance, shine forth!2Rise up, O judge of the earth;
give to the proud what they deserve!3O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
how long shall the wicked exult?
4They pour out their arrogant words;
all the evildoers boast.5They crush your people, O Lord,
and afflict your heritage.6They kill the widow and the stranger,
they murder the orphan,7and they say, “The Lord does not see;
the God of Jacob does not perceive.”
8Understand, O dullest of the people;
fools, when will you be wise?9He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see?10He who disciplines the nations,
he who teaches knowledge to humankind,
does he not chastise?11The Lord knows our thoughts,
that they are but an empty breath.
12Happy are those whom you discipline, O Lord,
and whom you teach out of your law,13giving them respite from days of trouble,
until a pit is dug for the wicked.14For the Lord will not forsake his people;
he will not abandon his heritage;15for justice will return to the righteous,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16Who rises up for me against the wicked?
Who stands up for me against evildoers?17If the Lord had not been my help,
my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.18When I thought, “My foot is slipping,”
your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.19When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.20Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
those who contrive mischief by statute?21They band together against the life of the righteous,
and condemn the innocent to death.22But the Lord has become my stronghold,
and my God the rock of my refuge.23He will repay them for their iniquity
and wipe them out for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will wipe them out.Chapter 95A Call to Worship and Obedience
1O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!3For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.4In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.5The sea is his, for he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
6O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!7For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
O that today you would listen to his voice!8Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,9when your ancestors tested me,
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.10For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they do not regard my ways.”11Therefore in my anger I swore,
“They shall not enter my rest.”Chapter 96Praise to God Who Comes in Judgment
1O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.2Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.3Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.4For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be revered above all gods.5For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.6Honor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.8Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts.9Worship the Lord in holy splendor;
tremble before him, all the earth.
10Say among the nations, “The Lord is king!
The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
He will judge the peoples with equity.”11Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;12let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy13before the Lord; for he is coming,
for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with his truth.Chapter 97The Glory of God's Reign
1The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!2Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.3Fire goes before him,
and consumes his adversaries on every side.4His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.5The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
6The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
and all the peoples behold his glory.7All worshipers of images are put to shame,
those who make their boast in worthless idols;
all gods bow down before him.8Zion hears and is glad,
and the towns of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O God.9For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
10The Lord loves those who hate evil;
he guards the lives of his faithful;
he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.11Light dawns for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.12Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!Chapter 98Praise the Judge of the World
1O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gotten him victory.2The Lord has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.3He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.
4Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.5Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.6With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
7Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.8Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy9at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.Chapter 99Praise to God for His Holiness
1The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!2The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.3Let them praise your great and awesome name.
Holy is he!4Mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.5Extol the Lord our God;
worship at his footstool.
Holy is he!
6Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel also was among those who called on his name.
They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.7He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
they kept his decrees,
and the statutes that he gave them.
8O Lord our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them,
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.9Extol the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is holy.