The mighty One, our God the LORD,
he speaks and summons all the earth.
From rising ’til the setting sun,
from Zion’s beauty God shines forth.
Our God shall come and not be still,
for fire and tempest round him dwell.
He calls unto the heav’n and earth,
that he may judge his own aright.
“Now gather here my saints who made
a covenant by sacrifice.”
Because the Lord himself is judge,
the heav’ns declare his righteousness.
“O hear, my people, I will speak;
against you I will testify,
for I am God, your faithful God,
I do not spurn your sacrifice.
Your whole burnt off’rings I receive;
they stand before me constantly.
“No cattle will I take from you,
no goats from you will I receive.
The cattle on a thousand hills
is mine, and ev’ry forest beast.
I know the birds on ev’ry hill,
and all is mine in ev’ry field.
“If I were hungry, who would know?
The world and all it has are mine.
Do I eat flesh, or drink goat’s blood?
Give thanks to God as sacrifice;
perform your vows; call out to me,
and praise me when I set you free.”
But to the wicked God declares:
“What right have you to speak my laws?
Why take my cov’nant on your lips?
From discipline you soon withdraw.
You follow thieves and hate my words,
your lot is with adulterers.
“You give your mouth free rein for ill,
your tongue speaks out deceitfully.
You slander those within your house,
while through these things, I held my peace.
You thought that I was just like you,
but now I speak to you rebuke.
“Mark this, you who forget your God,
lest I destroy with none to free;
who offers thankful sacrifice
he glorifies and honors me;
to him who orders right his way,
the Lord’s salvation I’ll display.”