Last week I was writing discussion questions to be used with my book Fearless Living and Psalm 31:9 from Day 4 came up in our study. “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.” (NIV) We did a search for verses describing God’s goodness. Here are a few of the verses we looked at:
Psalm 86:5 “You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.”
Psalm 100:5 “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Psalm 145:9 “The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”
Lamentations 3:25 “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him:
Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble, He cares for those who trust in him,
Matthew 7:11 (Jesus is speaking) “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
1Peter 2:1-3 “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
Do these verse speak to you about God’s goodness? We see that God in His goodness forgives and loves us. (Ps 86:5) His goodness is eternal and will last from generation to generation.(Ps 100:5) In His goodness He shows compassion on everyone and everything He has created. (Ps 145:9) In His goodness He gives hope to those who believe in Him. (Lam 3:25) His goodness provides care and refuge for the believer. (Nah 1:9) Jesus said that God will give good gifts out of His goodness if we ask Him. (Matt 7:11) God promises that the work He is doing in us is good! (Phil 1:6) He promises that experiencing God’s goodness will cause us to move away from sin and grow up in the Lord. (1Pet 2:1-3)
I pray that you will let these verses sink into your soul and bring you Hope and Assurance of God’s goodness. It is part of His character and cannot be separated from His being. May you taste and see, experience in your own life, the goodness of God this week.
God’s goodness in evident in all creation. Flowers on a garden wall near Gethsemane.