Sing for joy to God, our strength; shout out loud to the God of Jacob.
Begin the music. Play the tambourines. Play pleasant music on the harps and lyres.
Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, when the moon is full, when our feast begins.
This is the law for Israel; it is the command of the God of Jacob.
He gave this rule to the people of Joseph when they went out of the land of Egypt. I heard a language I did not know, saying:
"I took the load off their shoulders; I let them put down their baskets.
When you were in trouble, you called, and I saved you. I answered you with thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah.Selah
My people, listen. I am warning you. Israel, please listen to me!
You must not have foreign gods; you must not worship any false god.
I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of Egypt. Open your mouth and I will feed you.
"But my people did not listen to me; Israel did not want me.
So I let them go their stubborn way and follow their own advice.
I wish my people would listen to me; I wish Israel would live my way.
Then I would quickly defeat their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.
Those who hate the Lord would bow before him. Their punishment would continue forever.
But I would give you the finest wheat and fill you with honey from the rocks." A psalm of Asaph.
God is in charge of the great meeting; he judges among the "gods."
He says, "How long will you defend evil people? How long will you show greater kindness to the wicked?Selah
Defend the weak and the orphans; defend the rights of the poor and suffering.
Save the weak and helpless; free them from the power of the wicked.
"You know nothing. You don't understand. You walk in the dark, while the world is falling apart.
I said, 'You are "gods." You are all sons of God Most High.'
But you will die like any other person; you will fall like all the leaders."
God, come and judge the earth, because you own all the nations. A song. A psalm of Asaph.
God, do not keep quiet; God, do not be silent or still.
Your enemies are making noises; those who hate you are getting ready to attack.
They are making secret plans against your people; they plot against those you love.
They say, "Come, let's destroy them as a nation. Then no one will ever remember the name 'Israel.'"
They are united in their plan. These have made an agreement against you:
the families of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites,
the people of Byblos, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia, and Tyre.
Even Assyria has joined them to help Ammon and Moab, the descendants of Lot.Selah
God, do to them what you did to Midian, what you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.
They died at Endor, and their bodies rotted on the ground.
Do to their important leaders what you did to Oreb and Zeeb. Do to their princes what you did to Zebah and Zalmunna.
They said, "Let's take for ourselves the pasturelands that belong to God."
My God, make them like tumbleweed, like chaff blown away by the wind.
Be like a fire that burns a forest or like flames that blaze through the hills.
Chase them with your storm, and frighten them with your wind.
Cover them with shame. Then people will look for you, Lord.
Make them afraid and ashamed forever. Disgrace them and destroy them.
Then they will know that you are the Lord, that only you are God Most High over all the earth.
You will say, "Branches were broken off so that I could be joined to their tree."
That is true. But those branches were broken off because they did not believe, and you continue to be part of the tree only because you believe. Do not be proud, but be afraid.
If God did not let the natural branches of that tree stay, then he will not let you stay if you don't believe.
So you see that God is kind and also very strict. He punishes those who stop following him. But God is kind to you, if you continue following in his kindness. If you do not, you will be cut off from the tree.
And if the Jews will believe in God again, he will accept them back. God is able to put them back where they were.
It is not natural for a wild branch to be part of a good tree. And you who are not Jews are like a branch cut from a wild olive tree and joined to a good olive tree. But since those Jews are like a branch that grew from the good tree, surely they can be joined to their own tree again.
I want you to understand this secret, brothers and sisters, so you will understand that you do not know everything: Part of Israel has been made stubborn, but that will change when many who are not Jews have come to God.
And that is how all Israel will be saved. It is written in the Scriptures: "The Savior will come from Jerusalem; he will take away all evil from the family of Jacob.
And I will make this agreement with those people when I take away their sins."
The Jews refuse to accept the Good News, so they are God's enemies. This has happened to help you who are not Jews. But the Jews are still God's chosen people, and he loves them very much because of the promises he made to their ancestors.
God never changes his mind about the people he calls and the things he gives them.
At one time you refused to obey God. But now you have received mercy, because those people refused to obey.
And now the Jews refuse to obey, because God showed mercy to you. But this happened so that they also can receive mercy from him.
God has given all people over to their stubborn ways so that he can show mercy to all.
Yes, God's riches are very great, and his wisdom and knowledge have no end! No one can explain the things God decides or understand his ways.
As the Scripture says, "Who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been able to give him advice?"
"No one has ever given God anything that he must pay back."
Yes, God made all things, and everything continues through him and for him. To him be the glory forever! Amen.