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].’”
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 [b]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.
Psalm 98:1The ancient rabbis called this song “orphaned” because it is anonymous and has no description with the word “Psalm” (e.g. “A Psalm of Thanksgiving”).
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