Psalms 97

The Lord Brings Justice

1The Lord is King!

Tell the earth to celebrate

and all islands to shout.

2Dark clouds surround him,

and his throne is supported

by justice and fairness.

3Fire leaps from his throne,

destroying his enemies,

4and his lightning is so bright

that the earth sees it

and trembles.

5Mountains melt away like wax

in the presence of the Lord

of all the earth.

6The heavens announce,

“The Lord brings justice!”

Everyone sees God's glory.

7Those who brag about

the useless idols they worship

are terribly ashamed,

and all the false gods

bow down to the Lord.

8When the people of Zion

and of the towns of Judah

hear that God brings justice,

they will celebrate.

9The Lord rules the whole earth,

and he is more glorious

than all the false gods.

10Love the Lord

and hate evil!

God protects his loyal people

and rescues them

from violence.

11If you obey and do right,

a light will show you the way

and fill you with happiness.

12You are the Lord's people!

So celebrate and praise

the only God.