(A psalm and a song by David for the music leader.) God Will Win the Battle 68 1Do something, God! Scatter your hateful enemies. Make them turn and run. 2Scatter them like smoke! When you come near, make them melt like wax in a fire. 3But let your people be happy and celebrate because of you. 4Our God, you are the one who rides on the clouds,[A] and we praise you. Your name is the LORD, and we celebrate as we worship you. 5Our God, from your sacred home you take care of orphans and protect widows. 6You find families for those who are lonely. You set prisoners free and let them prosper,[B] but all who rebel will live in a scorching desert. 7You set your people free, and you led them through the desert. 8 God of Israel, the earth trembled, and rain poured down. You alone are the God who rules from Mount Sinai. 9When your land was thirsty, you sent showers to refresh it. 10Your people settled there, and you were generous to everyone in need. 11You gave the command, LORD, and a chorus of women told what had happened: 12“Kings and their armies retreated and ran, and everything they left is now being divided. 13And for those who stayed back to guard the sheep, there are metal doves with silver-coated wings and shiny gold feathers.” 14God All-Powerful, you scattered the kings like snow falling on Mount Zalmon.[C] 15Our LORD and our God, Bashan is a mighty mountain covered with peaks. 16Why is it jealous of Zion, the mountain you chose as your home forever? 17When you, LORD God, appeared to your people[D] at Sinai, you came with thousands of mighty chariots. 18 When you climbed the high mountain, you took prisoners with you and were given gifts. Your enemies didn't want you to live there, but they gave you gifts. 19We praise you, Lord God! You treat us with kindness day after day, and you rescue us. 20You always protect us and save us from death. 21Our Lord and our God, your terrible enemies are ready for war,[E] but you will crush their skulls. 22You promised to bring them from Bashan and from the deepest sea. 23Then we could wash our feet in their blood, and our dogs could chew on their bones. 24We have seen crowds marching to your place of worship, our God and King. 25Singers come first, and then the musicians, surrounded by young women playing tambourines. 26They come shouting, “People of Israel, praise the LORD God!” 27The small tribe of Benjamin leads the way, followed by the leaders from Judah. Then come the leaders from Zebulun and Naphtali. 28Our God, show your strength! Show us once again. 29Then kings will bring gifts to your temple in Jerusalem.[F] 30Punish that animal that lives in the swamp![G] Punish that nation whose leaders and people are like wild bulls. Make them come crawling with gifts of silver. Scatter those nations that enjoy making war.[H] 31Force the Egyptians to bring gifts of bronze; make the Ethiopians[I] hurry to offer presents.[J] 32Now sing praises to God! Every kingdom on earth, sing to the Lord! 33Praise the one who rides across the ancient skies; listen as he speaks with a mighty voice. 34Tell about God's power! He is honored in Israel, and he rules the skies. 35The God of Israel is fearsome in his temple, and he makes us strong. Let's praise our God!
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