The Message paraphrase of verse 1 and 2 reads:
Oh, thank GOD – he’s so good!
His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God, tell the world!
Tell how he freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the place,
from the four winds, from the seven seas.
It was a perfect day for reading this scripture at church and singing the song by Michael W. Smith: Give thanks to the Lord, Our God and King. His love endures forever. For He is good, He is above all things. His love endures forever. Sing praise, sing praise…
An absolutely beautiful weekend; the spring flowers are blooming, butterflies have made an appearance and there are all kinds of green things poking out of the ground. What a marvelous time of the year. Let’s be like the Psalmist and consider the great love of God and sing songs of joy and always… give thanks.