"You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins...
The Lord will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps"
"I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods”
I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness..."
Commentary on Psalm 138
Pope Benedict XVI