96 Sing a new song to the Lord! Everyone on this earth, sing praises to the Lord, 2 sing and praise his name.
Day after day announce, “The Lord has saved us!” 3 Tell every nation on earth, “The Lord is wonderful and does marvelous things! 4 The Lord is great and deserves our greatest praise! He is the only God worthy of our worship. 5 Other nations worship idols, but the Lord created the heavens. 6 Give honor and praise to the Lord, whose power and beauty fill his holy temple.”
7 Tell everyone of every nation, “Praise the glorious power of the Lord. 8 He is wonderful! Praise him and bring an offering into his temple. 9 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. 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!
(A psalm of praise.)
The Lord Is God
100 Shout praises to the Lord, everyone on this earth. 2 Be joyful and sing as you come in to worship the Lord!
3 You know the Lord is God! He created us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep in his pasture.
4 Be thankful and praise the Lord as you enter his temple. 5 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. 2 Please help me learn to do the right thing, and I will be honest and fair in my own kingdom.
3 I refuse to be corrupt or to take part in anything crooked, 4 and I won’t be dishonest or deceitful.
5 Anyone who spreads gossip will be silenced, and no one who is conceited will be my friend.
6 I will find trustworthy people to serve as my advisors, and only an honest person will serve as an official.
7 No one who cheats or lies will have a position in my royal court. 8 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. 2 Don’t hide from me in my time of trouble. Pay attention to my prayer and quickly give an answer.
3 My days disappear like smoke, and my bones are burning as though in a furnace. 4 I am wasting away like grass, and my appetite is gone. 5 My groaning never stops, and my bones can be seen through my skin. 6 I am like a lonely owl in the desert 7 or a restless sparrow alone on a roof.
8 My enemies insult me all day, and they use my name for a curse word. 9 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.
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