Zion Exalted

A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah.

1 The Lord is great and is highly praised in the city of our God. His holy mountain,
2 rising splendidly, is the joy of the whole earth. Mount Zion on the slopes of the north is the city of the great King.
3 God is known as a stronghold in its citadels.
4 Look! The kings assembled; they advanced together.
5 They looked, and froze with fear; they fled in terror.
6 Trembling seized them there, agony like that of a woman in labor,
7 as You wrecked the ships of Tarshish with the east wind.
8 Just as we heard, so we have seen in the city of the Lord of Hosts, in the city of our God; God will establish it forever. Selah
9 God, within Your temple, we contemplate Your faithful love.
10 Your name, God, like Your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is filled with justice.
11 Mount Zion is glad. The townsa of Judah rejoice because of Your judgments.
12 Go around Zion, encircle it; count its towers,
13 note its ramparts; tour its citadels so that you can tell a future generation:
14 "This God, our God forever and ever- He will lead us eternally."b