Psalm 97

The Lord Reigns

1 x The Lord reigns, y let the earth rejoice;
let the many z coastlands be glad!
2 a Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
b righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3 c Fire goes before him
and burns up his adversaries all around.
4 His d lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and e trembles.
5 The mountains f melt like g wax before the Lord,
before h the Lord of all the earth.

6 i The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all j the peoples see his glory.
7 All worshipers of images are k put to shame,
who make their boast in l worthless idols;
m worship him, all you gods!

8 Zion hears and n is glad,
and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O Lord.
9 For you, O Lord, are o most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above p all gods.

10 O you who love the Lord, q hate evil!
He r preserves the lives of his s saints;
he t delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 u Light v is sown 1 for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
12 w Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and x give thanks to his holy name!

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 93:1
    The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 96:11
    Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 72:10
    May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 19:9
    And the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever." When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord.
    Deuteronomy 4:11
    And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while the mountain burned with fire to the heart of heaven, wrapped in darkness, cloud, and gloom.
    Deuteronomy 5:22
    These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and he added no more. And he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.
    1 Kings 8:12
    Then Solomon said, "The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.
    Psalms 18:11
    He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, thick clouds dark with water.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 89:14
    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 21:9
    You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them.
    Psalms 50:3
    Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 77:18
    The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 96:9
    Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
  9. Cross References
    Nahum 1:5
    The mountains quake before him; the hills melt; the earth heaves before him, the world and all who dwell in it.
    Judges 5:5
    The mountains quaked before the Lord, even Sinai before the Lord, the God of Israel.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 68:2
    As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away; as wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God!
  11. Cross References
    Joshua 3:11
    Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 50:6
    The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:5
    And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
    Isaiah 66:18
    For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory.
    Psalms 96:3
    Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:17
    They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols, who say to metal images, "You are our gods.
    Isaiah 44:9
    All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 96:5
    For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
  16. Cross References
    Hebrews 1:6
    And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 48:11
    Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgments!
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 83:18
    That they may know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 95:3
    For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
  20. Cross References
    Proverbs 8:13
    The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
    Amos 5:15
    Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
    Romans 12:9
    Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
    Psalms 34:14
    Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 31:23
    Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
    Psalms 37:28
    For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
    Psalms 121:4
    Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
    Psalms 145:20
    The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
    Proverbs 2:8
    Guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 30:4
    Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
  23. Cross References
    Daniel 3:28
    Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king's command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.
    Daniel 6:27
    He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.
    Acts 12:11
    When Peter came to himself, he said, "Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 112:4
    Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
    Psalms 118:27
    The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!
    Proverbs 4:18
    But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
  25. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:18
    The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
    Hosea 10:12
    Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.
    James 3:18
    And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
  26. Cross References
    Psalms 32:11
    Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 30:4
    Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
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