In short, God is good. The people remembered all the things God had done for them, and their remembrances caused them great joy. There have been a few instances in my own life when I held a grudge against someone for something they had done or something I perceived they had done. But a grudge is wearisome. So I have gotten into the practice of remembering – intentionally searching my memory and calling up those instances when the person I begrudged did something positive. I rolled the memory around in my head, looking at it from every angle until the positive feelings stuck. It is amazing how powerful such a practice can be! I have it within myself to change my grudges into gratitude simply by working at the practice of gratitude.
I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love. For he said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely”; and he became their savior in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled and grieved his holy spirit; therefore he became their enemy; he himself fought against them. Then they remembered the days of old, of Moses his servant. Where is the one who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of his flock? Where is the one who put within them his holy spirit, who caused his glorious arm to march at the right hand of Moses, who divided the waters before them to make for himself an everlasting name, who led them through the depths? Like a horse in the desert, they did not stumble. Like cattle that go down into the valley, the spirit of the Lord gave them rest. Thus you led your people, to make for yourself a glorious name.