For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be sung to the tune "Do Not Destroy!" A song. We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your mighty miracles.
God says, "At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked.
When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude
"I warned the proud, 'Stop your boasting!' I told the wicked, 'Don't raise your fists!
Don't lift your fists in defiance at the heavens or speak with rebellious arrogance.'"
For no one on earth -- from east or west, or even from the wilderness -- can raise another person up.
It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.
For the LORD holds a cup in his hand; it is full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours the wine out in judgment, and all the wicked must drink it, draining it to the dregs.
But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done; I will sing praises to the God of Israel. a10
For God says, "I will cut off the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly."
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)