“God will cheat no one, not even the world of its triumph.” –W.H. Auden
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless His name,
Bring tidings every day of His rescue
Recount among the nations His glory,
among all the peoples His wonders.
For great is the Lord and most praised,
awesome is He over all the gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are ungods,
but the Lord has made the heavens.
Greatness and grandeur before Him,
strength and splendor in His sanctuary.
Grant to the Lord, O families of peoples,
grant to the Lord glory and strength.
Grant to the Lord His name’s glory,
bear tribute and come to His courts.
Bow to the Lord in sacred grandeur;
quake before Him, all the earth.
Say among the nations: The Lord reigns.
Yes, the world stands firm, it will not shake.
He metes out justice to peoples righteously.
Let the heavens rejoice and the earth exult,
let the sea and its fullness thunder.
Let the field be glad and all that is in it,
then shall all the trees of the forest joyfully sing
before the Lord, for He comes,
He comes to judge the earth.
He judges the world in justice
and peoples in His faithfulness.
-Psalm 96, translated by Robert Alter
Further Psalms Reading
The Book of Psalms: A Translation by Robert Alter
Psalms: the Prayerbook of the Bible by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Seeing the Psalms by William Brown
Praying the Psalms by Walter Brueggemann
Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis
Praying the Psalms by Thomas Merton
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
Praying With the Psalms by Eugene Peterson
The Case for the Psalms by N.T. Wright