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Psalm 96 (97)

The glory of God in his judgements
"This psalm tells of the salvation of the world and of the faith all peoples would have in Christ" (St Athanasius).

The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,
  let all the coastlands be glad.
Cloud and darkness are his raiment;
  his throne, justice and right.

A fire prepares his path;
  it burns up his foes on every side.
His lightnings light up the world,
  the earth trembles at the sight.

The mountains melt like wax
  before the Lord of all the earth.
The skies proclaim his justice;
  all peoples see his glory.

Let those who serve idols be ashamed,
  those who boast of their worthless gods.
  All you spirits, worship him.

Sion hears and is glad;
  the people of Judah rejoice
  because of your judgements, O Lord.

For you indeed are the Lord
  most high above all the earth,
  exalted far above all spirits.

The Lord loves those who hate evil;
  he guards the souls of his saints;
  he sets them free from the wicked.

Light shines forth for the just
  and joy for the upright of heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord;
  give glory to his holy name.