A psalm of Asaph. The mighty God, the LORD, has spoken; he has summoned all humanity from east to west!
From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance.
Our God approaches with the noise of thunder. Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around him.
Heaven and earth will be his witnesses as he judges his people:
"Bring my faithful people to me -- those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices."
Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge. Interlude
"O my people, listen as I speak. Here are my charges against you, O Israel: I am God, your God!
I have no complaint about your sacrifices or the burnt offerings you constantly bring to my altar.
But I want no more bulls from your barns; I want no more goats from your pens.
For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
Every bird of the mountains and all the animals of the field belong to me.
If I were hungry, I would not mention it to you, for all the world is mine and everything in it.
I don't need the bulls you sacrifice; I don't need the blood of goats.
What I want instead is your true thanks to God; I want you to fulfill your vows to the Most High.
Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory."
But God says to the wicked: "Recite my laws no longer, and don't pretend that you obey me.
For you refuse my discipline and treat my laws like trash.
When you see a thief, you help him, and you spend your time with adulterers.
Your mouths are filled with wickedness, and your tongues are full of lies.
You sit around and slander a brother -- your own mother's son.
While you did all this, I remained silent, and you thought I didn't care. But now I will rebuke you, listing all my charges against you.
Repent, all of you who ignore me, or I will tear you apart, and no one will help you.
But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)