Friday, January 7, 2011

The LORD is Good to All


“The LORD is good to all” (Psalm 145:9)

At our church we have a time at the beginning of the service to prepare our hearts to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. I often open to Psalm 145 and read this text. It is a chapter that reminds to of who God is and why he is worthy of our praise. Each time I read it new things jump out at me that bring fresh amazement to my heart about our great God. Just last week I was intrigued by the phrase: “The LORD is good to all.”

David is writing this song as a Christian. He is acknowledging throughout the song that he will extol “my God and King…and praise your name forever and ever” (1). David is praising God for what God has done in his life. He is reminding all of us to commend God’s works from generation to generation (4), declare his mighty acts (4), meditate upon God’s wondrous works (5), speak of the might of his awesome deeds (6), declare God’s greatness (6), pour forth the fame of his abundant goodness (7) and sing aloud his righteousness (7). This is what all creation called to do. I don’t think this is just for Christians alone. All of us are to proclaim the truth about our Creator. But this reveals the problem with the natural man because every person in their natural state will not acknowledge God as great and mighty proclaiming his goodness from generation to generation. We would rather ignore God and exalt ourselves until things in our life do not go the way we want them to. This is why we hear questions directed to God which say, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” or “If God is so good why is this happening to me?” I could respond to these questions with posts of their own but I want to just hit on what this passage says to those questions: “The LORD is good to all.”

When I first read this verse my initial thought was the Lord is good to all Christians, but that is not what this text says. Yes, David is writing as a believer. Yes, it is in God’s Word so Christians will affirm this great truth. But if you go on in the verse it says, “The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.” This indicates that the LORD is good to everything and everyone he has created. Sadly the majority of the world is content to rule upon their own throne while rejecting the one true King. When things are good (This is the majority of life) we want the credit. If you have money it is because of something you did. If you have possessions it is because of something you did. The problem is we are not acknowledging God as the giver of all good things including life. But when things go badly we don’t want any responsibility. We instantaneously blame God. Think about this statement: “Things are not going good anymore so God you are to blame.” WOW!! We want the credit for the good and we want to blame God for the bad, rather than acknowledging with Scripture that we live in a fallen world full of sin.

God is so good that he provided the way to remove our prideful, self-seeking life. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to remove our sin. He made the way for a relationship with him. For those who have repented of their sins and placed their trust in Christ, God has given them the grace to acknowledge him as the great and awesome Creator and sustainer of all life. He is great. His works and deeds are awesome. His fame is worth declaring from generation to generation. “The LORD is good to all.” I’m grateful he opened my eyes to this truth.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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