For the choir director: A psalm of David. A song. Arise, O God, and scatter your enemies. Let those who hate God run for their lives.
Drive them off like smoke blown by the wind. Melt them like wax in fire. Let the wicked perish in the presence of God.
But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God's presence. Let them be filled with joy.
Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the LORD -- rejoice in his presence!
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows -- this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But for rebels, there is only famine and distress.
O God, when you led your people from Egypt, when you marched through the wilderness, Interlude
the earth trembled, and the heavens poured rain before you, the God of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
You sent abundant rain, O God, to refresh the weary Promised Land.
There your people finally settled, and with a bountiful harvest, O God, you provided for your needy people.
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)