1The Lord rules! Let the earth rejoice!
Let all the islands celebrate!
2Clouds and thick darkness surround God.
His throne is built on righteousness and justice.
3Fire proceeds before him,
burning up his enemies on every side.
4His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees it and trembles!
5The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of the whole world!
6Heaven has proclaimed God’s righteousness,
and all nations have seen his glory.
7All those who worship images,
those who are proud of idols,
are put to shame.
All gods bow down to the Lord!
8Zion has heard and celebrates,
the towns#Or daughters of Judah rejoice,
because of your acts of justice, Lord,
9because you, Lord, are the Most High
over all the earth,
because you are so superior to all other gods.
10Those of you who love the Lord, hate evil!
God guards the lives of his faithful ones,
delivering them from the power of the wicked.
11Light is planted like seed for the righteous person;
joy too for those whose heart is right.
12Rejoice in the Lord, righteous ones!
Give thanks to his holy name!