1 The LORD reigns;
Let the earth rejoice;
Let the multitude of isles be glad!
2 Clouds and darkness surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
3 A fire goes before Him,
And burns up His enemies round about.
4 His lightnings light the world;
The earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD,
At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6 The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples see His glory.
7 Let all be put to shame who serve carved images,
Who boast of idols.
Worship Him, all you gods.
8 Zion hears and is glad,
And the daughters of Judah rejoice
Because of Your judgments, O LORD.
9 For You, LORD, are most high above all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.
10 You who love the LORD, hate evil!
He preserves the souls of His saints;
He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous,
And gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
This psalm is the inspiration for a popular praise and worship chorus from several years ago. This psalm speaks of the need for the earth to rejoice in the Lord. His presence is awesome, and the mountains melt at His presence. The psalmist (unidentified) knows the greatness of God and declares His glory, but also warns the readers against sin and evil. This recognition of God’s might is an example for us to follow. It is always right to praise God for His greatness. It is advantageous and holy to honor His glory. Do not allow yourself to get too familiar or too removed from His greatness. Honor Him, be in awe of Him, and respect Him. He is worthy!