God’s Wonderful Works
1Go ahead and give God thanks
for all the glorious things he has done!
Go ahead and worship him!
Tell everyone about his wonders!
2Let’s sing his praises! Sing, and put all of his miracles to music!
3Shine and make your joyful boast in him, you lovers of God.
Let’s be happy and keep rejoicing no matter what.
4Seek more of his strength! Seek more of him!
Let’s always be seeking the light of his face.
5Don’t you ever forget his miracles and marvels.
Hold to your heart every judgment he has decreed.
6For you are his servants, the true seed of Abraham,
and you are the chosen ones, Jacob’s sons.
7For he is the Lord our God,
and his wise authority can be seen in all he does.
8-9For though a thousand generations may pass away,
he is still true to his word.
He has kept every promise he made to Abraham and to Isaac.
10His promises have become an everlasting covenant to Jacob,
as a decree to Jacob.
11He said to them, “I will give you all the land of Canaan
as your inheritance.”
12They were very few in number
when God gave them that promise,
and they were all foreigners to that land.
13They were wandering from one land to another
and from one kingdom to another.
14Yet God would not permit anyone to touch them,
punishing even kings who came against them.
15He said to them, “Don’t you dare lay a hand on my anointed ones,
and don’t do a thing to hurt my prophets!”
16So God decreed a famine upon Canaan land,
cutting off their food supply.
17But he had already sent a man ahead of his people to Egypt;
it was Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18His feet were bruised by strong shackles
and his soul was held by iron.
19God’s promise to Joseph purged his character
until it was time for his dreams to come true.
20Eventually, the king of Egypt sent for him, setting him free at last.
21Then Joseph was put in charge of everything under the king;
he became the master of the palace
over all of the royal possessions.
22Pharoah gave him authority over all the princes of the land,
and Joseph became the teacher of wisdom to the king’s advisors.
23Then Jacob, with all of Joseph’s family,
came from Canaan to Egypt and settled in Goshen.
24God made them very fruitful, and they multiplied incredibly
until they were greater in number than those who ruled them.
25God turned their hearts to hate his people
and to deal treacherously with his servants.
26But he sent them his faithful servant, Moses, the deliverer,
and chose Aaron to accompany him.
27Their command brought down signs and wonders,
working miracles in Egypt.
28By God’s direction, they spoke and released a plague
of thick darkness over the land.
29God turned their rivers to blood, causing every fish to die.
30And the judgment-plague of frogs came in enormous numbers,
swarming everywhere, even into Pharaoh’s bedroom!
31God spoke and another plague was released—
massive swarms of flies, vast clouds of insects, covered the land.
32God rained down hail and flaming fire upon Egypt.
33Their gardens and vines were all destroyed,
shattering trees into splinters throughout the territory.
34God spoke, and devouring hordes of locusts swept over the land,
35picking the ground clean of vegetation and crops.
36Then God struck down their firstborn sons,
the pride and joy of every Egyptian family.
37At last, God freed all the Hebrews from their slavery
and sent them away laden with the silver and gold of Egypt.
And not even one was feeble on their way out!
38Egypt was relieved at their exodus, ready to see them go,
for the terror of the Lord of the Hebrews had fallen upon them!
39God spread out a cloud as shade as they moved ahead
and a cloud of fire to light up their night.
40Moses prayed and God brought them quail to eat.
He satisfied them with heaven’s bread falling from the sky.
41He broke open the boulder
and the waters poured out like a river in the desert.
42For God could never forget
his holy promise to his servant Abraham.
43So God brought out his chosen ones with singing;
with a joyful shout they were set free!
44He gave them lands and nations, just like he promised.
Fruitful lands of crops they had never planted were now theirs.
45All this was done for them so that they would be faithful
to keep the ways of God, obeying his laws and following his truths.
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!