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A Hymn About God’s Power

97 The Lord is king. Let the earth rejoice.
    Faraway lands should be glad.
Thick, dark clouds surround him.
    His kingdom is built on what is right and fair.
A fire goes before him
    and burns up his enemies all around.
His lightning flashes in the sky.
    When the people see it, they tremble.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord.
    He is Lord of all the earth.
The skies tell about his goodness.
    And all the people see his glory.

Those who worship idols should be ashamed.
    They brag about their false gods.
    All the gods should worship the Lord.
When Jerusalem hears this, she is glad.
    The towns of Judah rejoice.
    They are happy because of your judgments, Lord.
You are the Lord Most High over all the earth.
    You are supreme over all gods.

10 People who love the Lord should hate evil.
    The Lord watches over those who follow him.
    He frees them from the power of the wicked.
11 Light shines on those who do right.
    Joy belongs to those who are honest.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you who do right.
    Praise his holy name.

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