A Song of Praise to the Sovereign Lord
1The Lord reigns;
Let the earth rejoice;
Let the multitude of 97:1 Or coastlandsisles be glad!
2Clouds and darkness surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
3A fire goes before Him,
And burns up His enemies round about.
4His lightnings light the world;
The earth sees and trembles.
5The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord,
At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples see His glory.
7Let all be put to shame who serve carved images,
Who boast of idols.
Worship Him, all you gods.
8Zion hears and is glad,
And the daughters of Judah rejoice
Because of Your judgments, O Lord.
9For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.
10You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the souls of His saints;
He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
11Light is sown for the righteous,
And gladness for the upright in heart.
12Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
And give thanks 97:12 Or for the memoryat the remembrance of 97:12 Or His holinessHis holy name.