Give thanks to Adonai; for he is good,
for his grace continues forever.
Let those redeemed by Adonai say it,
those he redeemed from the power of the foe.
He gathered them from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the sea.
They wandered in the desert, on paths through the wastes,
without finding any inhabited city.
They were hungry and thirsty,
their life was ebbing away.
In their trouble they cried to Adonai,
and he rescued them from their distress.
He led them by a direct path
to a city where they could live.
Let them give thanks to Adonai for his grace,
for his wonders bestowed on humanity!
For he has satisfied the hungry,
filled the starving with good.
I’ve read commentary after commentary on this, and just end up going, well, “Duh”. This passage is the beginning of one of the timeless Psalms of thanksgiving, and could apply to many times in history and in the lives of individuals. Whether this was written after God rescued the Jews from the Egyptians or from the Babylonians, it still says and means the same thing. But, the music above is from Psalters of the 16th Century, and is beautiful. I’m still working on reading Psalters – it’s a challenge. <g>