The Israelites had seen many defeats. But King David sang as he led them into battle.
Many of us try to do good to others. But why should we? And how do we know what will really do them good?
Why did God so favour the returning Jewish people? Because he chose to. Why did God choose his elect to be loved? Because he chose to.
Must we give God one day in seven? No, we must give him seven days in seven.
At the festival in Jerusalem there were people with many different stories to tell. But they all had this in common. They could thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of men.