95 Sing joyful songs to the Lord! Praise the mighty rock [a] where we are safe. 2 Come to worship him with thankful hearts and songs of praise.
3 The Lord is the greatest God, king over all other gods. 4 He holds the deepest part of the earth in his hands, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The ocean is the Lord’s because he made it, and with his own hands he formed the dry land.
6 Bow down and worship the Lord our Creator! 7 The Lord is our God, and we are his people, the sheep he takes care of in his own pasture.
Listen to God’s voice today! 8 Don’t be stubborn and rebel as your ancestors did at Meribah and Massah[b] out in the desert. 9 For forty years they tested God and saw the things he did. 10 Then God got tired of them and said, “You never show good sense, and you don’t understand what I want you to do.” 11 In his anger, God told them, “You people will never enter my place of rest.”
97 The Lord is King! Tell the earth to celebrate and all islands to shout. 2 Dark clouds surround him, and his throne is supported by justice and fairness. 3 Fire leaps from his throne, destroying his enemies, 4 and his lightning is so bright that the earth sees it and trembles. 5 Mountains melt away like wax in the presence of the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens announce, “The Lord brings justice!” Everyone sees God’s glory. 7 Those who brag about the useless idols they worship are terribly ashamed, and all the false gods bow down to the Lord.
8 When the people of Zion and of the towns of Judah hear that God brings justice, they will celebrate. 9 The Lord rules the whole earth, and he is more glorious than all the false gods.
10 Love the Lord and hate evil! God protects his loyal people and rescues them from violence. 11 If you obey and do right, a light will show you the way and fill you with happiness. 12 You are the Lord’s people! So celebrate and praise the only God.
The Lord Works Miracles
98 Sing a new song to the Lord! He has worked miracles, and with his own powerful arm, he has won the victory. 2 The Lord has shown the nations that he has the power to save and to bring justice. 3 God has been faithful in his love for Israel, and his saving power is seen everywhere on earth.
4 Tell everyone on this earth to sing happy songs in praise of the Lord. 5 Make music for him on harps. Play beautiful melodies! 6 Sound the trumpets and horns and celebrate with joyful songs for our Lord and King!
7 Command the ocean to roar with all of its creatures, and the earth to shout with all of its people. 8 Order the rivers to clap their hands, and all of the hills to sing together. 9 Let them worship the Lord! He is coming to judge everyone on the earth, and he will be honest and fair.
Our Lord Is King
99 Our Lord, you are King! You rule from your throne above the winged creatures,[a] as people tremble and the earth shakes. 2 You are praised in Zion, and you control all nations. 3 Only you are God! And your power alone, so great and fearsome, is worthy of praise. 4 You are our mighty King,[b] a lover of fairness, who sees that justice is done everywhere in Israel. 5 Our Lord and our God, we praise you and kneel down to worship you, the God of holiness!
6 Moses and Aaron were two of your priests. Samuel was also one of those who prayed in your name, and you, our Lord, answered their prayers. 7 You spoke to them from a thick cloud, and they obeyed your laws.
8 Our Lord and our God, you answered their prayers and forgave their sins, but when they did wrong, you punished them. 9 We praise you, Lord God, and we worship you at your sacred mountain. Only you are God!
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