A Song of Praise
96 1 Sing to the Lord a new song ; Sing to the Lord , all the earth . 2 Sing to the Lord , bless His name ; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day . 3 Tell of His glory among the nations , His wonderful deeds among all the peoples . 4 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised ; He is to be feared above all gods . 5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols , But the Lord made the heavens . 6 Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary . 7 Ascribe to the Lord , O families of the peoples , Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength . 8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name ; Bring an offering and come into His courts . 9 Worship the Lord in holy attire ; Tremble before e Him, all the earth .
10 Say among the nations , " The Lord reigns ; Indeed , the world is firmly established , it will not be moved ; He will judge the peoples with equity ." 11 Let the heavens be glad , and let the earth rejoice ; Let the sea roar , and all it contains ; 12 Let the field exult , and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy 13 Before the Lord , for He is coming , For He is coming to judge the earth . He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness .
The LORD's Dominion and Power
97 1 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 1 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 1 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 .
An Exhortation to Thanksgiving
100 1 Shout joyfully to the Lord , all the earth . 2 Serve the Lord with gladness ; Come before Him with joyful singing . 3 Know that the Lord Himself is God ; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves ; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture . 4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise . Give thanks to Him, bless His name . 5 For the Lord is good ; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations .
A Pledge to Live Righteously
101 1 I will sing of lovingkindness and justice , To You, O Lord , I will sing praises . 2 I will give heed to the blameless way . When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart . 3 I will set no worthless thing before my eyes ; I hate the work of those who fall away ; It shall not fasten its grip on me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil . 5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor , him I will destroy ; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure . 6 My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land , that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me. 7 He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house ; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me. 8 Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land , So as to cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do iniquity .
A Cry in Distress
102 1 Hear my prayer , O Lord ! And let my cry for help come to You. 2 Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress ; Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly . 3 For my days have been consumed in smoke , And my bones have been scorched like a hearth . 4 My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away, Indeed , I forget to eat my bread . 5 Because of the loudness of my groaning My bones cling to my flesh . 6 I resemble a pelican of the wilderness ; I have become like an owl of the waste places . 7 I lie awake , I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop . 8 My enemies have reproached me all day long; Those who deride me have used my name as a curse . 9 For I have eaten ashes like bread And mingled my drink with weeping 10 Because e of Your indignation and Your wrath , For You have lifted me up and cast me away . 11 My days are like a lengthened shadow , And I wither away like grass .
12 But You, O Lord , abide forever , And Your name to all generations . 13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion ; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come . 14 Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust . 15 So the nations will fear the name of the Lord And all the kings of the earth Your glory . 16 For the Lord has built up Zion ; He has appeared in His glory . 17 He has regarded the prayer of the destitute And has not despised their prayer . 18 This will be written for the generation to come , That a people yet to be created may praise the Lord . 19 For He looked down from His holy height ; From heaven the Lord gazed upon the earth , 20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner , To set free those who were doomed to death , 21 That men may tell of the name of the Lord in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem , 22 When the peoples are gathered together , And the kingdoms , to serve the Lord .
23 He has weakened my strength in the way ; He has shortened my days . 24 I say , "O my God , do not take me away in the midst of my days , Your years are throughout all generations . 25 "Of old You founded the earth , And the heavens are the work of Your hands . 26 "Even they will perish , but You endure ; And all of them will wear out like a garment ; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed . 27 "But You are the same , And Your years will not come to an end . 28 "The children of Your servants will continue , And their descendants will be established before You."