Psalm 48 [Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised]
- Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the
earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.
Within its citadels God has shown himself a sure defense. Then the
kings assembled, they came on together. As soon as they saw it, they
were astounded; they were in panic, they took to flight; trembling
took hold of them there, pains as of a woman in labor, as when an east
wind shatters 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, which God
establishes forever. We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the
midst of your temple. Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to
the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with victory. Let
Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah rejoice because of your
judgments. Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers,
consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell
the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He
will be our guide forever.