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O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.
Do not cause me dismay! You are my source of safety in times of trouble.
For the music director; by the Lord's servant David, who sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord rescued him from the power of all his enemies, including Saul. He said: "I love you, Lord, my source of strength!
May my words and my thoughts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my sheltering rock and my redeemer.
He will surely give me shelter in the day of danger; he will hide me in his home; he will place me on an inaccessible rocky summit.
For the music director; by the Korahites; according to the alamoth style; a song. God is our strong refuge; he is truly our helper in times of trouble.
He alone is my protector and deliverer. He is my refuge; I will not be upended.
As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One, and resides in the protective shadow of the mighty king --
By David. The Lord, my protector, deserves praise -- the one who trains my hands for battle, and my fingers for war,
The name of the Lord is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high.
For you are a protector for the poor, a protector for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm, a shade from the heat. Though the breath of tyrants is like a winter rainstorm,
Each of them will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from a rainstorm; like streams of water in a dry region and like the shade of a large cliff in a parched land.
"Therefore say: 'This is what the sovereign Lord says: Although I have removed them far away among the nations and have dispersed them among the countries, I have been a little sanctuary for them among the lands where they have gone.'
The Lord is good -- indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him.
The sovereign Lord is my source of strength. He gives me the agility of a deer; he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain. (This prayer is for the song leader. It is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.)
In those days, your population will greatly increase in the land. At that time," says the Lord, "people will no longer talk about having the ark that contains the Lord's covenant with us. They will not call it to mind, remember it, or miss it. No, that will not be done any more!
Let all the people of the earth acknowledge the Lord and turn to him! Let all the nations worship you!
Then those living on earth will know what you are like; all nations will know how you deliver your people.
They come with red cloth from Egypt, Ethiopia voluntarily offers tribute to God.
May he rule from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth!
All the nations, whom you created, will come and worship you, O Lord. They will honor your name.
In the future the mountain of the Lord's temple will endure as the most important of mountains, and will be the most prominent of hills. All the nations will stream to it,
They will no longer injure or destroy on my entire royal mountain. For there will be universal submission to the Lord's sovereignty, just as the waters completely cover the sea.
he says, "Is it too insignificant a task for you to be my servant, to reestablish the tribes of Jacob, and restore the remnant of Israel? I will make you a light to the nations, so you can bring my deliverance to the remote regions of the earth."
"Arise! Shine! For your light arrives! The splendor of the Lord shines on you!
Nations will see your vindication, and all kings your splendor. You will be called by a new name that the Lord himself will give you.
In the future the Lord's Temple Mount will be the most important mountain of all; it will be more prominent than other hills. People will stream to it.
"Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on the day of salvation, and they will also be my people. Indeed, I will settle in the midst of you all." Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me to you.
The Lord who rules over all says, 'It will someday come to pass that people -- residents of many cities -- will come.
For from the east to the west my name will be great among the nations. Incense and pure offerings will be offered in my name everywhere, for my name will be great among the nations," says the Lord who rules over all.
After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands.
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever."
Has a nation ever changed its gods (even though they are not really gods at all)? But my people have exchanged me, their glorious God, for a god that cannot help them at all!
Such idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field. They cannot talk. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them because they cannot hurt you. And they do not have any power to help you."
Who forms a god and casts an idol that will prove worthless?