For the Pure and Shining One
To the tune of “The Secrets of the Son,” by King David
1Lord, I will worship you with extended hands
as my whole heart explodes with praise!
I will tell everyone everywhere about your wonderful works
and how your marvelous miracles exceed expectations!
2I will jump for joy and shout in triumph
as I sing your song and make music for the Most High God.
3For when you appear, I worship
while all of my enemies run in retreat.
They stumble and perish before your presence.
4For you have stood up for my cause
and vindicated me when I needed you the most.
From your righteous throne you have given me justice.
5With a blast of your rebuke nations are destroyed.
You obliterated their names forever and ever.
6The Lord thundered and our enemies have been cut off,
vanished in everlasting ruins.
All their cities have been destroyed—
even the memory of them has been erased.
7But the Lord of eternity, our mighty God, lives and reigns forever!
He sits enthroned as King ready to render his verdicts
and judge all with righteousness.
8He will issue his decrees of judgment,
deciding what is right for the entire world,
dispensing justice to all.
9All who are oppressed may come to you as a
shelter in the time of trouble, a perfect hiding place.
10May everyone who knows your mercy
keep putting their trust in you,
for they can count on you for help no matter what.
O Lord, you will never, no never, neglect those
who come to you.
11Listen, everyone! Sing out your praises to the God
who lives and rules within Zion!
Tell the world about all the miracles he has done!
12He tracks down killers and avenges bloodshed,
but he will never forget the ones forgotten by others,
hearing every one of their cries for justice.
13So now, O Lord, don’t forget me.
Have mercy on me.
Take note of how I’ve been humiliated
at the hands of those who hate me.
Bring me back again from the brink, from the very gates of death.
14Save me! Bring me to the spiritual gates of Zion
so I can bring you the shout of praise you deserve.
15For the godless nations get trapped
in the very snares they set for others.
The hidden trap they set for the weak
has snapped shut upon themselves—guilty!
16The Lord is famous for this: his justice will punish the wicked.
While they are digging a pit for others,
they are actually setting the terms for their own judgment.
They will fall into their own pit.
Consider the truth of this and pause in his presence
17Don’t forget this: all the wicked will one day
fall into the darkness of death’s domain and remain there,
including the nations that forget God and reject his ways.
18He will not ignore forever all the needs of the poor,
for those in need shall not always be crushed.
Their hopes shall be fulfilled, for God sees it all!
19Lord, won’t you now arise to judge and
punish the nations who defy you?
Aren’t you fed up with their rebellion?
20Make them tremble in fear before your presence.
Place a lawgiver over them.
Make them know that they are only puny, frail humans
who must give account to you!
Pause in his presence