Song 106 – Abridged

Emil Nolde, Dance Around the Golden Calf, 1910
Emil Nolde, Dance Around the Golden Calf, 1910

Psalm 106: 1-6, 19-23

Say how good God is!
Thank God!
God is good
And God always loves.

Nobody can tell all the stories
Of everything God has done.
Nobody can publish the whole account.

People who strive for justice,
Who do what’s right –
They are psyched.

God, when you pass out the blessings
Be sure not to pass me!
I need your help!
I want to have what the blessed people have!
I want the joy of being in your nation!
I want the glory of being yours!

We have committed treason,
Just like our ancestors.
We’ve done wrong.
We’ve been evil.

They made a golden calf at that place of desolation,
And they worshiped it.
They traded God’s glory
For a grass-eating bull.
They forgot who freed them from Egypt,
Who did miracles in the slave-masters’ country,
Who delivered them through the sea.

But then, when God decided to annihilate them,
Moses, God’s favorite,
Talked God down,
So God’s anger didn’t carry the day.