Praise for God’s Goodness to Israel
God is good to Israel. The question is, however, who the Israel is! Israel used to be a name of a people. However, the Bible keep emphasizing the fact that those who live according to the will of God is Israel regardless their race, culture, and background. In this sense, we do not have to worry about nationalism when we read this praise. God is good to everybody who practices love and forgiveness. God is judging those who do not follow God’s commandments and keep the selfish life style.
“Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful. Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre. For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory. Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their couches. Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters and their nobles with chains of iron, to execute on them the judgment decreed. This is glory for all his faithful ones. Praise the Lord!”