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 around 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#97.7: all the gods bow down; or bow down, all gods. before the Lord.
8The people of Zion are glad,
and the cities of Judah rejoice
because of your judgments, 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;#97.10: Probable text The Lord loves those who hate evil; Hebrew Hate evil, you who love the Lord.
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.