Bible Society of South Africa

To The Word – Day 219

Psalms 93–98

Bible text(s)

God the King

1The LORD is king.

He is clothed with majesty and strength.

The earth is set firmly in place

and cannot be moved.

2Your throne, O LORD, has been firm from the beginning,

and you existed before time began.

3The ocean depths raise their voice, O LORD;

they raise their voice and roar.

4The LORD rules supreme in heaven,

greater than the roar of the ocean,

more powerful than the waves of the sea.

5Your laws are eternal, LORD,

and your Temple is holy indeed,

for ever and ever.

God the Judge of All

1LORD, you are a God who punishes;

reveal your anger!

2You are the judge of all;

rise and give the proud what they deserve!

3How much longer will the wicked be glad?

How much longer, LORD?

4How much longer will criminals be proud

and boast about their crimes?

5They crush your people, LORD;

they oppress those who belong to you.

6They kill widows and orphans,

and murder the strangers who live in our land.

7They say, “The LORD does not see us;

the God of Israel does not notice.”

8My people, how can you be such stupid fools?

When will you ever learn?

9God made our ears — can't he hear?

He made our eyes — can't he see?

10He scolds the nations — won't he punish them?

He is the teacher of all — hasn't he any knowledge?

11The LORD knows what they think;

he knows how senseless their reasoning is.

12LORD, how happy are those you instruct,

the ones to whom you teach your law!

13You give them rest from days of trouble

until a pit is dug to trap the wicked.

14The LORD will not abandon his people;

he will not desert those who belong to him.

15Justice will again be found in the courts,

and all righteous people will support it.

16Who stood up for me against the wicked?

Who took my side against the evildoers?

17If the LORD had not helped me,

I would have gone quickly to the land of silence.

18I said, “I am falling”;

but your constant love, O LORD, held me up.

19Whenever I am anxious and worried,

you comfort me and make me glad.

20You have nothing to do with corrupt judges,

who make injustice legal,

21who plot against good people

and sentence the innocent to death.

22But the LORD defends me;

my God protects me.

23He will punish them for their wickedness

and destroy them for their sins;

the LORD our God will destroy them.

A Song of Praise

1Come, let us praise the LORD!

Let us sing for joy to God, who protects us!

2Let us come before him with thanksgiving

and sing joyful songs of praise.

3For the LORD is a mighty God,

a mighty king over all the gods.

4He rules over the whole earth,

from the deepest caves to the highest hills.

5He rules over the sea, which he made;

the land also, which he himself formed.

6Come, let us bow down and worship him;

let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!

7He is our God;

we are the people he cares for,

the flock for which he provides.

Listen today to what he says:

8“Don't be stubborn, as your ancestors were at Meribah,

as they were that day in the desert at Massah.

9There they put me to the test and tried me,

although they had seen what I did for them.

10For forty years I was disgusted with those people.

I said, ‘How disloyal they are!

They refuse to obey my commands.’

11I was angry and made a solemn promise:

‘You will never enter the land

where I would have given you rest.’ ”

God the Supreme King

(1 Chr 16.23–33)

1Sing a new song to the LORD!

Sing to the LORD, all the world!

2Sing to the LORD, and praise him!

Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us.

3Proclaim his glory to the nations,

his mighty deeds to all peoples.

4The LORD is great and is to be highly praised;

he is to be honoured more than all the gods.

5The gods of all other nations are only idols,

but the LORD created the heavens.

6Glory and majesty surround him;

power and beauty fill his Temple.

7Praise the LORD, all people on earth;

praise his glory and might.

8Praise the LORD's glorious name;

bring an offering and come into his Temple.

9Bow down before the Holy One when he appears;

tremble before him, all the earth!

10Say to all the nations, “The LORD is king!

The earth is set firmly in place and cannot be moved;

he will judge the peoples with justice.”

11Be glad, earth and sky!

Roar, sea, and every creature in you;

12be glad, fields, and everything in you!

The trees in the woods will shout for joy

13when the LORD comes to rule the earth.

He will rule the peoples of the world

with justice and fairness.

God the Supreme Ruler

1The LORD is king! Earth, be glad!

Rejoice, you islands of the seas!

2Clouds and darkness surround him;

he rules with righteousness and justice.

3Fire goes in front of him

and burns up his enemies round him.

4His lightning lights up the world;

the earth sees it and trembles.

5The hills melt like wax before the LORD,

before the Lord of all the earth.

6The heavens proclaim his righteousness,

and all the nations see his glory.

7Everyone who worships idols is put to shame;

all the gods bow down before the LORD.

8The people of Zion are glad,

and the cities of Judah rejoice

because of your judgements, O LORD.

9LORD Almighty, you are ruler of all the earth;

you are much greater than all the gods.

10The LORD loves those who hate evil;

he protects the lives of his people;

he rescues them from the power of the wicked.

11Light shines on the righteous,

and gladness on the good.

12All you that are righteous be glad

because of what the LORD has done!

Remember what the holy God has done,

and give thanks to him.

God the Ruler of the World

1Sing a new song to the LORD;

he has done wonderful things!

By his own power and holy strength

he has won the victory.

2The LORD announced his victory;

he made his saving power known to the nations.

3He kept his promise to the people of Israel

with loyalty and constant love for them.

All people everywhere have seen the victory of our God.

4Sing for joy to the LORD, all the earth;

praise him with songs and shouts of joy!

5Sing praises to the LORD!

Play music on the harps!

6Blow trumpets and horns,

and shout for joy to the LORD, our king.

7Roar, sea, and every creature in you;

sing, earth, and all who live on you!

8Clap your hands, you rivers;

you hills, sing together with joy before the LORD,

9because he comes to rule the earth.

He will rule the peoples of the world

with justice and fairness.

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