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(A psalm and a song by David for the music leader.)

God Will Win the Battle

68 Do something, God!
Scatter your hateful enemies.
    Make them turn and run.
Scatter them like smoke!
    When you come near,
    make them melt
    like wax in a fire.
But let your people be happy
    and celebrate because of you.

Our God, you are the one
who rides on the clouds,
    and we praise you.
Your name is the Lord,
    and we celebrate
    as we worship you.

Our God, from your sacred home
    you take care of orphans
    and protect widows.
You find families
    for those who are lonely.
You set prisoners free
    and let them prosper,[a]
    but all who rebel will live
    in a scorching desert.

You set your people free,
    and you led them
    through the desert.
God of Israel,
the earth trembled,
    and rain poured down.
You alone are the God
    who rules from Mount Sinai.
When your land was thirsty,
    you sent showers
    to refresh it.
10 Your people settled there,
    and you were generous
    to everyone in need.

11 You gave the command,
    and a chorus of women told
    what had happened:
12 “Kings and their armies
    retreated and ran,
    and everything they left
    is now being divided.
13 And for those who stayed back
    to guard the sheep,
there are metal doves
with silver-coated wings
    and shiny gold feathers.”

14 God All-Powerful, you scattered
the kings
    like snow falling
    on Mount Zalmon.[b]

15 Our Lord and our God,
    Bashan is a mighty mountain
    covered with peaks.
16 Why is it jealous of Zion,
    the mountain you chose
    as your home forever?

17 When you, Lord God, appeared
    to your people[c] at Sinai,
    you came with thousands
    of mighty chariots.
18 When you climbed
    the high mountain,
    you took prisoners with you
    and were given gifts.
Your enemies didn’t want you
to live there,
    but they gave you gifts.

19 We praise you, Lord God!
You treat us with kindness
    day after day,
    and you rescue us.
20 You always protect us
    and save us from death.

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Footnotes

  1. 68.6 and let them prosper: Or “and give them a song.”
  2. 68.14 Mount Zalmon: The location of this mountain is not known.
  3. 68.17 to your people: Or “in all your holiness” or “in your holy place.”

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