1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, 3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.
Throughout the centuries the people of God suffered because of their infidelity. They were sent to other nations, into exile, because they failed to worship the one true God. But when God's people again began to seek his face, the situation changed. God simply wanted them to be in a loving relationship with him, and God was jealous for their love. As they began to re-experience God's goodness and love they had to proclaim it day in and day out. The people of God rejoiced and gave thanks to him for who he was.
This Psalm leads us through a great exercise in prayer. First of all, may we take the time to give thanks to the Lord for who he is -- his very nature is good and filled with holy love that …