For the director of music. A psalm of David to the tune of “The Death of the Son.”
1 Lord, I will praise you with all my heart.
I will tell about all of the miracles you have done.
2 I will be glad and full of joy because of you.
Most High God, I will sing praise to you.
They fall down and die right in front of you.
4 You have proved that I haven’t done anything wrong.
You have sat on your throne and judged fairly.
5 You have punished the nations. You have destroyed evil people.
You have erased their names from your book for ever and ever.
6 The enemy has been destroyed forever.
You have leveled their cities to the ground.
Even the memory of them is gone.
He has set up his throne so that he can judge people.
8 He will judge the world in keeping with what is right.
He will rule over all of its people fairly.
9 The Lord is a place of safety for those who have been beaten down.
He keeps them safe in times of trouble.
10 Lord, those who know you will trust in you.
You have never deserted those who look to you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord. He rules from his throne in Zion.
Tell among the nations what he has done.
12 The One who pays back murderers remembers.
He doesn’t forget the cries of those who are hurting.
13 Lord, see how badly my enemies treat me!
Show me your favor. Don’t let me go down to the gates of death.
14 Then I can give praise to you
at the gates of the city of Zion.
There I will be full of joy
because you have saved me.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug.
Their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The Lord is known to be fair.
Evil people are trapped by what they have done. Higgaion. Selah
17 Sinful people go down to the grave.
So do all the nations that forget God.
18 But those who are in need will always be remembered.
The hope of those who are hurting will never die.
19 Lord, rise up. Don’t let people win the battle.
Let the nations come to you and be judged.
20 Lord, strike them with terror.
Let the nations know they are only human. Selah
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