Give thanks to God for he is good
   his love will never fail,
   and so say all who've been redeemed
   in every land on earth.

1 Some lost their way in desert wastes
no city could they find,
their lips were parched, they longed for food,
their hearts sank to the ground.
In misery they called on God
who heard their anguished cry,
he set their feet upon the road
and brought them safely home.

   So thank the Lord, for he is good
   his love will never fail,
   he satisfies the thirsty soul
   and gives our daily bread.

2 Some lay in dungeons of the soul
in bondage of the mind,
they spurned the word of God most high
who humbled them to dust.
In misery they called on God
who heard their anguished cry,
he pierced their darkness with his light
and freed them from their chains.

   So thank the Lord, for he is good,
   his love will never fail,
   he batters down the prison gate
   and breaks the bonds of sin.

3 Some suffered illness, others pain.
as punishment for sin,
their folly brought them very low
right to the gates of death,
in misery they called on God
who heard their anguished cry,
he healed their sickness with his word
and saved them from the grave.

   So thank the Lord, for he is good,
   his love will never fail,
   and offer him the sacrifice
   of thankfulness and joy.

4 Still others, on the sea of life,
were shattered by the storm,
plunged to the depths, then flung aloft,
they sank and almost drowned.
In misery they called on God
who heard their anguished cry,
he stilled the wind and calmed the waves,
and guided them to port.

   So thank the Lord, for he is good,
   his love will never fail,
   and with his people praise his name
   and worship him alone.

5 God's power can render desolate
the choicest spot on earth.
or irrigate the desert place
that vines and corn may grow.
He blesses those who trust his word,
brings judgement on the proud,
the wise man sees his mighty love
and stores it in his heart.

   Give thanks to God, for he is good
   his love will never fail,
   and so say all who've been redeemed
   in every land on earth.

 

From Psalm 107
© M. J. Saward
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