For the worship leader. A song of the sons of Korah.
1 Clap your hands, all of you; raise your voices joyfully and loudly. Give honor for the True God of the universe; 2 Here’s why: The Eternal, the Most High, is awesome and deserves our great respect. He is the great King over everything in this world. 3 He’s helped us win wars, suppressed our enemies, and made nations bow at our feet. 4 He decides the extent of our inheritance and selects the land where we and our children will live, for we are the pride of Jacob, the ones He loves.
5 The True God ascends the throne acclaimed by shouts of the people. The Eternal is announced by the blast of a trumpet. 6 Sing! Shout! Play instruments! Praise our God and King; sing praises to Him who is worthy. 7 For He is the King of all the earth. Sing praise, all who can. Put words to music, and then sing praises 8 At the feet of the God who sits on His holy throne, ruling over all the nations. 9 All those with influence in this world—princes, kings, and satraps— gather with those who follow Abraham’s God. For these defenders belong to God who reigns over the nations!
47:4Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”
1 The Eternal is great and mighty, worthy of great praise in the city of our True God, upon His holy mountain. 2 Situated high above, Mount Zion is beautiful to see, the pleasure of the entire earth. Mount Zion, in the north,[a] is the city of the great King. 3 In her palaces, the True God has revealed Himself as a mighty fortress.
4 Not long ago, enemy kings gathered together and moved forward as one to attack the city. 5 When they saw Mount Zion, they were amazed; amazement became fear, then panic. They fled for their lives. 6 They were overtaken by terror, trembling in anguish like a woman in childbirth. 7 God, You shattered the ships of Tarshish with the mighty east wind. 8 As we have heard stories of Your greatness, now we have also seen it with our own eyes right here, in the city of the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies. Right here, in our God’s city, the True God will preserve her forever.
9 We have meditated upon Your loyal love, O God, within Your holy temple. 10 Just as Your name reaches to the ends of the earth, O God, so Your praise flows there too; Your right hand holds justice. 11 So because of Your judgments, may Mount Zion be delighted! May the villages of Judah celebrate!
12 Explore Zion; make an accounting, note all her towers; 13 Reflect upon her defenses; stroll through her palaces So that you can tell the coming generation all about her. 14 For so is God, our True God, forever and ever; He will be our guide till the end.
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