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.
For God says, "I will cut off the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly."
For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be accompanied by stringed instruments. A song. God is well known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.
Jerusalem is where he lives; Mount Zion is his home.
There he breaks the arrows of the enemy, the shields and swords and weapons of his foes. Interlude
You are glorious and more majestic than the everlasting mountains.
The mightiest of our enemies have been plundered. They lie before us in the sleep of death. No warrior could lift a hand against us.
When you rebuked them, O God of Jacob, their horses and chariots stood still.
No wonder you are greatly feared! Who can stand before you when your anger explodes?
From heaven you sentenced your enemies; the earth trembled and stood silent before you.
You stand up to judge those who do evil, O God, and to rescue the oppressed of the earth. Interlude
Human opposition only enhances your glory, for you use it as a sword of judgment.
Make vows to the LORD your God, and fulfill them. Let everyone bring tribute to the Awesome One.
For he breaks the spirit of princes and is feared by the kings of the earth.
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)