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…
8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.
On Sunday we thought about the Old Testament of Sukkot or Booths (or Tabernacles depending on your preferred translation – I actually quite like ‘Tents’). This festival was a celebration of God’s provision for his people, emerging, as was so often the case, from their defining story of the Exodus. God’s people were in trouble, in slavery in Egypt, but God rescued them, bringing them through the wilderness to the Promised Land and freedom in a home of their own. On the way, he guided and protected them, and met their physical needs, especially of food and drink.
We may not be liberated slaves as the Old Testament people of God were, but this doesn’t mean God doesn’t provide for our needs and nourishment. What have you got to be thankful for today?