The Psalm for the Day

Mohamed Barrak

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
   and his mercy endures for ever.

Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim
   that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

He gathered them out of the lands;
   from the east and from the west,
   from the north and from the south.

Some went down to the sea in ships
   and plied their trade in deep waters;

They beheld the works of the Lord
   and his wonders in the deep.

Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose,
   which tossed high the waves of the sea.

They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths;
   their hearts melted because of their peril.

They reeled and staggered like drunkards
   and were at their wits’ end.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress.

He stilled the storm to a whisper
   and quieted the waves of the sea.

Then were they glad because of the calm,
   and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy
   and the wonders he does for his children.

Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people
   and praise him in the council of the elders.

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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