“GREAT is the Lord, and highly to be praised in the city of our God ! His holy mountain. Fair and beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth–Mount Zion [the City of David ], to the northern side [Mount Moriah and the temple], the [whole] city of the Great King ! (Matt5:35).. God has made Himself known in her palaces as a Refuge ( a High Tower and a Stronghold ). For, behold, the kings assembled, they came onward and they passed away together. They looked, they were amazed; they were stricken with terror and took to flight [ affrighted and dismayed]. Trembling took hold of them there, and pain as of a woman in childbirth. With the east wind You shattered the ships of Tarshish. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God; God will establish it forever. Selah. We shave thought of Your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of Your temple. As is Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness ( rightness and justice). Let Mount Zion be glad ! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of Your [righteous] judgments ! Walk about Zion ,and go round about her, number her towers (her lofty and noble deeds of past days),Consider well her ramparts, go through her palaces and citadels, that you may tell the next generation [ and cease recalling disappointments]. For this God is our God forever and ever, He will be our guide [even] until death.
The Mighty One, God , the Lord, speaks and calls the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty shines forth. Our God comes and does not keep silence; a fire devours before Him , and round about Him a mighty tempest rages. He calls the heavens above and to the earth, that He may judge His people; Gather, together to Me My saints [those who have found grace in My sight], those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice. And the heavens declare His righteousness ( rightness and justice), for God, He is judge. Selah. Hear, O My people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify to you and against you; I am God, Your God. I do not reprove you or your sacrifices; your burnt offerings are continually before Me. I will accept no bull from your house nor he-goat out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills or upon the mountains where thousands are. I know and am acquainted with all the birds of the mountains, and the wild animals of the field are Mine and are with Me, in My mind. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are Mine. Shall I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats ? Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pays your vows to the Most High. And call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall honor and glorify Me. But to the wicked, God says; What right have you to recite My statutes or take My covenant or pledge on your lips, Seeing that you hate instruction and correction and cast My words behind you [ discarding them] ? When you see a thief, you associate with him, and you have taken part with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother, you slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought I was once entirely like you, But [now] I will reprove you and put [ the charge] in order before your eyes. Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver. verse 23–“He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright [ who prepares the way that i may show him}, to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God.