Psalm 96-102 New American Standard Bible

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A Song of Praise

96 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 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 .

An Exhortation to Thanksgiving

100 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 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 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."

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