Matthew 22
January 30, 2014
Matthew 23
January 31, 2014

God’s Goodness

Boston in the clouds and sun-wide

“Oh how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up
for them who fear [reverence, worship] you…”
Psalm 31:19

Even in the midst of people coming against him, the Psalmist cries out to the Lord for help, for deliverance. And while he’s listing the attacks coming against him, he stops to declare how great God’s goodness is. Maybe it was like an ‘ah-ha’ moment. There he was in deep do-do, recalling the attacks, and all of a sudden he realizes something important: God’s goodness.

He stops in the middle of perhaps what’s a pity-party and begins to recall God’s goodness in his life. He remembers time after time when the Lord rescued him from danger. He recalls all the times God blessed him. Even though at that very moment his situation doesn’t totally change, he’s bringing changes to his situation by lifting up and magnifying God in his midst.

He knows that God’s goodness is available 24/7 to everyone. God desires to do you good. He wants to bless your socks off. When you exalt God above what is going on in your life, no matter how difficult it may seem, He will bring His goodness on the scene and things will change. That’s the goodness he saw in God’s faithfulness. That’s what he expected to see again and again because he loved God and God loved him.

The Psalmist concludes this chapter with further encouragement to those who love God. He says to be strong and of a good courage because God will strengthen your heart. If your hope (your confident expectation) is in God, you won’t be disappointed. It all starts with God’s goodness.

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