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Sing a New Song to the Lord

96 Sing a new song to the Lord!
Everyone on this earth,
    sing praises to the Lord,
    sing and praise his name.

Day after day announce,
    “The Lord has saved us!”
Tell every nation on earth,
“The Lord is wonderful
    and does marvelous things!
The Lord is great and deserves
    our greatest praise!
    He is the only God
    worthy of our worship.
Other nations worship idols,
    but the Lord created
    the heavens.
Give honor and praise
    to the Lord,
    whose power and beauty
    fill his holy temple.”

Tell everyone of every nation,
    “Praise the glorious power
    of the Lord.
He is wonderful! Praise him
    and bring an offering
    into his temple.
Everyone on earth, now tremble
    and worship the Lord,
    majestic and holy.”

10 Announce to the nations,
    “The Lord is King!
The world stands firm,
    never to be shaken,
    and he will judge its people
    with fairness.”

11 Tell the heavens and the earth
    to be glad and celebrate!
Command the ocean to roar
    with all of its creatures
12     and the fields to rejoice
    with all of their crops.
Then every tree in the forest
    will sing joyful songs
13     to the Lord.
He is coming to judge
all people on earth
    with fairness and truth.

The Lord Brings Justice

97 The Lord is King!
    Tell the earth to celebrate
    and all islands to shout.
Dark clouds surround him,
    and his throne is supported
    by justice and fairness.
Fire leaps from his throne,
    destroying his enemies,
and his lightning is so bright
    that the earth sees it
    and trembles.
Mountains melt away like wax
    in the presence of the Lord
    of all the earth.

The heavens announce,
“The Lord brings justice!”
    Everyone sees God’s glory.
Those who brag about
the useless idols they worship
    are terribly ashamed,
    and all the false gods
    bow down to the Lord.

When the people of Zion
    and of the towns of Judah
    hear that God brings justice,
    they will celebrate.
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.
The Lord has shown the nations
    that he has the power to save
    and to bring justice.
God has been faithful
    in his love for Israel,
    and his saving power is seen
    everywhere on earth.

Tell everyone on this earth
    to sing happy songs
    in praise of the Lord.
Make music for him on harps.
    Play beautiful melodies!
Sound the trumpets and horns
and celebrate with joyful songs
    for our Lord and King!

Command the ocean to roar
    with all of its creatures,
    and the earth to shout
    with all of its people.
Order the rivers
    to clap their hands,
    and all of the hills
    to sing together.
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.
You are praised in Zion,
    and you control all nations.
Only you are God!
    And your power alone,
    so great and fearsome,
    is worthy of praise.
You are our mighty King,[b]
    a lover of fairness,
    who sees that justice is done
    everywhere in Israel.
Our Lord and our God,
    we praise you
    and kneel down to worship you,
    the God of holiness!

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.
You spoke to them
from a thick cloud,
    and they obeyed your laws.

Our Lord and our God,
you answered their prayers
    and forgave their sins,
    but when they did wrong,
    you punished them.
We praise you, Lord God,
    and we worship you
at your sacred mountain.
    Only you are God!

(A psalm of praise.)

The Lord Is God

100 Shout praises to the Lord,
    everyone on this earth.
Be joyful and sing
as you come in
    to worship the Lord!

You know the Lord is God!
He created us,
    and we belong to him;
    we are his people,
    the sheep in his pasture.

Be thankful and praise the Lord
    as you enter his temple.
The Lord is good!
    His love and faithfulness
    will last forever.

(A psalm by David.)

A King and His Promises

101 I will sing to you, Lord!
    I will celebrate your kindness
    and your justice.
Please help me learn
    to do the right thing,
    and I will be honest and fair
    in my own kingdom.

I refuse to be corrupt
or to take part
    in anything crooked,
    and I won’t be dishonest
    or deceitful.

Anyone who spreads gossip
    will be silenced,
    and no one who is conceited
    will be my friend.

I will find trustworthy people
    to serve as my advisors,
    and only an honest person
    will serve as an official.

No one who cheats or lies
    will have a position
    in my royal court.
Each morning I will silence
    any lawbreakers I find
    in the countryside
    or in the city of the Lord.

(A prayer for someone who hurts and needs to ask the Lord for help.)

A Prayer in Time of Trouble

102 I pray to you, Lord!
    Please listen.
    Don’t hide from me
    in my time of trouble.
Pay attention to my prayer
    and quickly give an answer.

My days disappear like smoke,
    and my bones are burning
    as though in a furnace.
I am wasting away like grass,
    and my appetite is gone.
My groaning never stops,
    and my bones can be seen
    through my skin.
I am like a lonely owl
    in the desert
    or a restless sparrow
    alone on a roof.

My enemies insult me all day,
    and they use my name
    for a curse word.
Instead of food,
I have ashes to eat
    and tears to drink,
10     because you are furious
    and have thrown me aside.
11 My life fades like a shadow
at the end of day
    and withers like grass.

12 Our Lord, you are King forever
    and will always be famous.
13 You will show pity to Zion
    because the time has come.
14 We, your servants,
    love each stone in the city,
    and we are sad to see them
    lying in the dirt.

15 Our Lord, the nations
    will honor you,
    and all kings on earth
    will praise your glory.
16 You will rebuild
    the city of Zion.
Your glory will be seen,
17     and the prayers of the homeless
    will be answered.

18 Future generations must also
praise the Lord,
    so write this for them:
19 “From his holy temple,
    the Lord looked down
    at the earth.
20 He listened to the groans
    of prisoners,
    and he rescued everyone
    who was doomed to die.”

21 All Jerusalem should praise
    you, our Lord,
22     when people from every nation
    meet to worship you.

23 I should still be strong,
    but you, Lord, have made
    an old person of me.
24 You will live forever!
Years mean nothing to you.
    Don’t cut my life in half!

25 In the beginning, Lord,
you laid the earth’s foundation
    and created the heavens.
26 They will all disappear
    and wear out like clothes.
You change them,
as you would a coat,
    but you last forever.
27 You are always the same.
    Years cannot change you.
28 Every generation of those
who serve you
    will live in your presence.

Footnotes

  1. 99.1 winged creatures: See the note at 80.1.
  2. 99.4 You. . . King: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.