To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.
1 Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH, and rejoice before Him.
5 A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.
6 God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
7 O God, when You went out before Your people, when You marched through the wilderness, Selah
8 The earth shook; the heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, whereby You confirmed Your inheritance, when it was weary.
10 Your congregation dwelt in it; You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.
11 The Lord gave the word; great was the company of those who proclaimed it:
12 “Kings of armies flee, they flee, and she who remains at home divides the spoil.
13 Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, you will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.”
14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Zalmon.
15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; a mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
16 Why do you fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks? This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in; yes, the LORD will dwell in it forever.
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of thousands; the Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.
18 You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, even from the rebellious, that the LORD God might dwell there.
19 Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah
20 Our God is the God of salvation; and to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.
21 But God will wound the head of His enemies, the hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses.
22 The Lord said, “I will bring back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23 That your foot may crush them in blood, and the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.”
24 They have seen Your procession, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
25 The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the maidens playing timbrels.
26 Bless God in the congregations, The Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
27 There is little Benjamin, their leader, the princes of Judah and their company, the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
28 Your God has commanded your strength; strengthen, O God, what You have done for us.
29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem, kings will bring presents to You.
30 Rebuke the beasts of the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples, till everyone submits himself with pieces of silver. Scatter the peoples who delight in war.
31 Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; Oh, sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33 To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old! Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
34 Ascribe strength to God; His excellence is over Israel, and His strength is in the clouds.
35 O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!
There is so much richness to be found here, so much wealth offered to the faithful who follow God obediently: never being left alone or orphaned, a sure inheritance for the poor, abundant provisions for the needy, strength for the week; those who trust in their own strength flee in terror, and the ones who trusted in God taking their pick of what the strong left behind; mountains of security and protection; the captives set free while captivity itself is carried away in chains; strangers coming to bless you and not being allowed to continue on until they have delivered the full blessing; all this and more, because God is a good Father who loves His children. He may lead us through the desert, but only to lead us to paradise.