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Psalm 97

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1 The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad! 

Let distant shores express delight! 

2 Clouds and thick darkness cover him; 

His throne is built on truth and right. 

3 Fire goes before him and consumes 

His enemies on every side. 

4 His lightning flashes through the world; 

At this the earth is terrified. 

5 Hills melt like wax before the LORD, 

Before the Lord of all the earth. 

6 The heav'ns proclaim his righteousness; 

All peoples see his glorious worth. 

7 All those who worship images

Are put to everlasting shame; 

Their worthless idols are their boast - 

You gods, bow down before his name! 

8 To Zion hill and Judah's towns

Your judgments, LORD, great joy supply. 

9 Above the earth and all the gods 

Exalted is the LORD Most High. 

10 Hate evil, you who love the LORD; 

His faithful ones he will defend, 

and from the hands of wicked men

To them deliv'rance he will send. 

11 Upon the righteous light will shine, 

And joy on those of upright ways. 

12 You righteous, in the LORD rejoice, 

And to his holy name give praise.  

Lyrics from 'Sing Psalms'. Copyright Free Church of Scotland.

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