Psalm 97

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.


The strength and resources of our God are truly unlimited.  Sometimes we forget how strong our foundation is when we have had a long period of peace and harmony,  but when the time comes to trade the harp of peace for the shofar of battle, fear not.  Our God is the undefeated, undisputed, unmatched champion of all that is seen or unseen.  Therefore rejoice when the wind howls at your window.  Even though not everything will feel good, the victory has never been more sure.  The longer the night, the brighter and more glorious the dawn.  The more hard fought the battle, the greater the spoils to be divided at the end.  So rejoice, and again I say rejoice, for Emanuel (God with us) will come to thee, oh Israel.

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