Psalm 97

Refrain:    You, Lord, are most high over all the earth.

1    The Lord is king: let the earth rejoice;  

let the multitude of the isles be glad.

2    Clouds and darkness are round about him;  

righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

3    Fire goes before him  

and burns up his enemies on every side. [R]

4    His lightnings lit up the world;  

the earth saw it and trembled.

5    The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord,  

at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6    The heavens declared his righteousness,  

and all the peoples have seen his glory. [R]

7    Confounded be all who worship carved images

and delight in mere idols.  

Bow down before him, all you gods.

8    Zion heard and was glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoiced,  

because of your judgements, O Lord.

9    For you, Lord, are most high over all the earth;  

you are exalted far above all gods. [R]

10  The Lord loves those who hate evil;  

he preserves the lives of his faithful

and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11  Light has sprung up for the righteous  

and joy for the true of heart.

12  Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,  

and give thanks to his holy name.

Refrain:    You, Lord, are most high over all the earth.

Most high and holy God,

enthroned in fire and light,

burn away the dross of our lives

and kindle in us the fire of your love,

that our lives may reveal the light and life

we find in your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.


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