Psalm 97:1-12

The Lord rules as king!

97:1This is another royal psalm. It tells us what happens when everybody sees that God is king. He punishes those people who do bad things. He rescues his people when they are in trouble.

1 The Lord rules as king!

Everyone on earth should be happy!

The people who live on the shore of the seas

should sing with joy!

2 Dark clouds are all round the Lord.

He rules with justice,

and he is fair to everyone.

3 Fire goes in front of him.

It burns up his enemies on every side.

4 His lightning lights up the whole world.

The earth sees it and it shakes with fear.

5 The mountains melt like butter

in front of the Lord,

when they see the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The sky itself tells us that he is righteous

People from every nation see his glory.

7 Everyone who worships idols should be ashamed.

They should not boast about useless idols!

All gods like that will fall down in front of the Lord.

8 When Zion's people hear about it,

they will be happy.

Yes, the people of Judah will be very happy!

They will be happy, Lord,

because you bring justice.

9 You, Lord, are the Most High God

who rules over all the earth.

You are much greater than any other god!

97:9Nations all round Judah had their own gods. Often they used wood, metal or stone to make idols which they worshipped. When God appears, everyone will know that he is the only true God. The Lord God is the Most High God, the God who lives for ever.

10 If you love the Lord,

then hate anything that is evil.

The Lord protects the lives of those who serve him.

He keeps them safe from the power of wicked people.

11 God's light shines on righteous people.

Good, honest people will be very happy.

12 All you righteous people,

be happy because of what the Lord has done.

Thank him because he is holy.