(A psalm by Asaph.)
What pleases God
1From east to west,
the powerful Lord God
has been calling together
everyone on earth.
2God shines brightly from Zion,
the most beautiful city.
3Our God approaches,
but not silently;
a flaming fire comes first,
and a storm surrounds him.
4God comes to judge his people.
He shouts to the heavens
and to the earth,
5“Call my followers together!
They offered me a sacrifice,
and we made an agreement.”
6The heavens announce,
“God is the judge,
and he is always honest.”
7My people, I am God!
Israel, I am your God.
Listen to my charges
against you.
8Although you offer sacrifices
and always bring gifts,
9I won't accept your offerings
of bulls and goats.
10Every animal in the forest
belongs to me,
and so do the cattle
on a thousand hills.
11I know all the birds
in the mountains,
and every wild creature
is in my care.
12If I were hungry,
I wouldn't tell you,
because I own the world
and everything in it.
13I don't eat the meat of bulls
or drink the blood of goats.
14I am God Most High!
The only sacrifice I want
is for you to be thankful
and to keep your word.
15Pray to me in time of trouble.
I will rescue you,
and you will honour me.
16But to the wicked I say:
“You don't have the right
to mention my laws or claim
to keep our agreement!
17You refused correction
and rejected my commands.
18You made friends
with every criminal you met,
and you liked people who break
their wedding vows.
19You talked only about violence
and told nothing but lies;
20you sat around gossiping,
ruining the reputation
of your own relatives.”
21When you did all this,
I didn't say a word,
and you thought,
“God is just like us!”
But now I will accuse you.
22You have ignored me!
So pay close attention
or I will tear you apart,
and no one can help you.
23The sacrifice that honours me
is a thankful heart.
Obey me,#50.23 Obey me: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text. and I, your God,
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