Psalm 97-99 New American Standard Bible

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The LORD's Dominion and Power

97 The Lord reigns , let the earth rejoice ; Let the many islands be glad . 2  Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne . 3  Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about . 4  His lightnings lit up the world ; The earth saw and trembled . 5  The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord , At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth . 6  The heavens declare His righteousness , And all the peoples have seen His glory . 7  Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images , Who boast themselves of idols ; Worship Him, all you gods .

8  Zion heard this and was glad , And the daughters of Judah have rejoiced Because of Your judgments , O Lord . 9  For You are the Lord Most High over all the earth ; You are exalted far above all gods . 10  Hate evil , you who love the Lord , Who preserves the souls of His godly ones ; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked . 11  Light is sown like seed for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart . 12  Be glad in the Lord , you righteous ones , And give thanks to His holy name .

Praise for God's Righteousness

98 O sing to the Lord a new song , For He has done wonderful things , His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him. 2  The Lord has made known His salvation ; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations . 3  He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel ; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God .

4  Shout joyfully to the Lord , all the earth ; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises . 5  Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre , With the lyre and the sound of melody . 6  With trumpets and the sound of the horn Shout joyfully before the King , the Lord . 7  Let the sea roar and all it contains , The world and those who dwell in it. 8  Let the rivers clap their hands , Let the mountains sing together for joy 9  Before the Lord , for He is coming to judge the earth ; He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples with equity .

The LORD's Faithfulness to Israel

99 The Lord reigns , let the peoples tremble ; He is enthroned above the cherubim , let the earth shake ! 2  The Lord is great in Zion , And He is exalted above all the peoples . 3  Let them praise Your great and awesome name ; Holy is He. 4  The strength of the King loves justice ; You have established equity ; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob . 5  Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His footstool e ; Holy is He.

6  Moses and Aaron were among His priests , And Samuel was among those who called on His name ; They called upon the Lord and He answered them. 7  He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud ; They kept His testimonies And the statute that He gave them. 8  O Lord our God , You answered them; You were a forgiving God to them, And yet an avenger of their evil deeds . 9  Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His holy hill , For holy is the Lord our God .

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