93 The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty and splendor; The Lord has clothed and encircled Himself with strength; the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved. 2 Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.
3 The floods have lifted up, O Lord, The floods have lifted up their voice; The floods lift up their pounding waves. 4 More than the sounds of many waters, More than the mighty breakers of the sea, The Lord on high is mighty. 5 Your precepts are fully confirmed and completely reliable; Holiness adorns Your house, O Lord, forever.
The Lord Implored to Avenge His People.
94 O Lord God, You to whom vengeance belongs, O God, You to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth [in judgment]! 2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth; Give to the proud a fitting compensation. 3 O Lord, how long will the wicked, How long will the wicked rejoice in triumph? 4 They pour out words, speaking arrogant things; All who do evil boast proudly. 5 They crush Your people, O Lord, And afflict and abuse Your heritage. 6 [a]They kill the widow and the alien And murder the fatherless. 7 Yet they say, “The Lord does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob (Israel) notice it.”
8 Consider thoughtfully, you senseless (stupid ones) among the people; And you [dull-minded] fools, when will you become wise and understand? 9 He who made the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see? 10 He who instructs the nations, Does He not rebuke and punish, He who teaches man knowledge? 11 The Lord knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath (vain, empty, futile).
12 Blessed [with wisdom and prosperity] is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, And whom You teach from Your law, 13 That You may grant him [power to calm himself and find] peace in the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked and ungodly. 14 For the Lord will not abandon His people, Nor will He abandon His inheritance. 15 For judgment will again be righteous, And all the upright in heart will follow it. 16 Who will stand up for me against the evildoers? Who will take a stand for me against those who do wickedness?
17 If the Lord had not been my help, I would soon have dwelt in [the land of] silence. 18 If I say, “My foot has slipped,” Your compassion and lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up. 19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me. 20 Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which frames and devises mischief by decree [under the sacred name of law]? 21 They band themselves together against the life of the righteous And condemn the innocent to death. 22 But the Lord has become my high tower and defense, And my God the rock of my refuge. 23 He has turned back their own wickedness upon them And will destroy them by means of their own evil; The Lord our God will wipe them out.
Praise to the Lord, and Warning against Unbelief.
95 O come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with a song of thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with songs. 3 For the Lord is a great God And a great King above all gods, 4 In whose hand are the depths of the earth; The peaks of the mountains are His also. 5 The sea is His, for He made it [by His command]; And His hands formed the dry land.
6 O come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and prayer]. 7 For He is our God And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts and become spiritually dull as at Meribah [the place of strife], And as at Massah [the place of testing] in the wilderness, 9 “When your fathers tested Me, They tried Me, even though they had seen My work [of miracles]. 10 “For forty years I was grieved and disgusted with that generation, And I said, ‘They are a people who err in their heart, And they do not acknowledge or regard My ways.’ 11 “Therefore I swore [an oath] in My wrath, ‘They absolutely shall not enter My rest [the land of promise].’”
A Call to Worship the Lord the Righteous Judge.
96 O sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good news of His salvation from day to day. 3 Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works and 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 [worthless, lifeless] idols, But the Lord made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
7 [b]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 the splendor of holiness; Tremble [in submissive wonder] before Him, all the earth. 10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly and securely established, it shall not be moved; He will judge and rule the people with fairness.”
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all the things it contains; 12 Let the field be exultant, 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 with righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.
The Lord’s Power and Dominion.
97 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands and coastlands be glad. 2 Clouds and thick darkness surround Him [as at Sinai]; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. 3 Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries on all sides. 4 His lightnings have illuminated the world; The earth has seen 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 see His glory and brilliance.
7 Let all those be [deeply] ashamed who serve carved images, Who boast in idols. Worship Him, all you gods! 8 Zion heard this and was glad, And the daughters (cities) of Judah rejoiced [in relief] 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 You who love the Lord, hate evil; He protects the souls of His godly ones (believers), He rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 11 Light is sown [like seed] for the righteous and illuminates their path, And [irrepressible] joy [is spread] for the upright in heart [who delight in His favor and protection]. 12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones [those whose moral and spiritual integrity places them in right standing with God], And praise and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
98 O sing to the Lord a new song, For He has done marvelous and wonderful things; His right hand and His holy arm have [d]gained the victory for Him. 2 The Lord has made known His salvation; He has [openly] revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3 He has [graciously] remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have witnessed the salvation of our God.
4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Shout [in jubilation] 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 with joy before the King, the Lord.
7 Let the sea thunder and roar, and all the things it contains, The world and those who dwell in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the mountains sing together for joy and delight 9 Before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples with fairness.
Praise to the Lord for His Fidelity to Israel.
99 The Lord reigns, let the peoples tremble [with submissive wonder]! He sits enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake! 2 The Lord is great in Zion, And He is exalted and magnified above all the peoples. 3 Let them [reverently] praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He. 4 The strength of the King loves justice and righteous judgment; You have established fairness; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob (Israel). 5 Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His footstool; 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 statutes that He gave them. 8 You answered them, O Lord our God; You were a forgiving God to them, And yet an avenger of their evil practices. 9 Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His holy hill [Zion, the temple mount], For the Lord our God is holy.
All Men Exhorted to Praise God.
A Psalm of Thanksgiving.
100 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness and delight; Come before His presence with joyful singing. 3 Know and fully recognize with gratitude that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, [e]not we ourselves [and we are His]. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy and lovingkindness are everlasting, His faithfulness [endures] to all generations.
The Psalmist’s Profession of Uprightness.
A Psalm of David.
101 I will sing of [steadfast] lovingkindness and justice; To You, O Lord, I will sing praises. 2 I will behave wisely and follow the way of integrity. When will You come to me? I will walk in my house in integrity and with a blameless heart. 3 I will set no worthless or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the practice of those who fall away [from the right path]; It will not grasp hold of me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not tolerate evil. 5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will silence; The one who has a haughty look and a proud (arrogant) heart I will not tolerate.
6 My eyes will be on the faithful (honorable) of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks blamelessly is the one who will minister to and serve me. 7 He who practices deceit will not dwell in my house; He who tells lies and half-truths will not continue [to remain] in my presence. 8 Morning after morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, That I may cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do evil.
Psalm 94:6Widows, resident aliens, and the fatherless were particularly vulnerable members of ancient society, since they often had little or no economic means. The wicked could easily take advantage of them. God in several Old Testament passages commanded Israel to care especially for these helpless members of society. See, for example, Deut 24:17-22; Ps 146:9; Is 1:17; Zech 7:9, 10.
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