Good Friday & A Good God…

 

 

 

Today, as I think about Good Friday, I am reminded of the goodness of our God.  Today is one of those days we should take a moment and thank Him for His goodness.

 

There is a song that Kelita once sent me that I love, here are some of the words…

 

The goodness of the Lord never fails me

The goodness of the Lord it overwhelms me

The goodness of the Lord is always true

The goodness of the Lord never fails me

The goodness of the Lord it overwhelms me

The goodness of the Lord will see me through

 

The song is by Travis Ryan and I just loved it.

 

When I listen to this song, I am always reminded of a scripture God spoke to my heart many years ago.

 

I was driving to Pennsylvania to help a friend; it was years before cell phones were common.  As I drove along the interstate God spoke to me and said, “Psalm 27:13.”  I replied, “okay.”

 

He went on to explain, “that is your life scripture.”

 

I was excited to be able to look up the scripture once I arrived at my hotel. However, it would be a couple more hours before I arrived and could see what God was telling me was my LIFE scripture.

 

As I read Psalm 27:13, I remember at the time thinking… “wow, I will see the goodness of God in my life.”

 

I didn’t realize at the time; He was probably warning me of the times I would go through when I would want to lose heart.  Either way, His goodness would be a big part of my life, for that I was and am, thankful.

 

As I listened to the words of the song, The Goodness of the Lord, I began to mediate on His goodness, which led me to the word of God, of course.

 

Goodness is defined in the Strong’s Concordance as; good things, property, prosperity and the goodness of God. 

 

In the Webster’s 1828 dictionary, goodness is defined as; kindness, benevolence, acts of kindness and favor shown.

 

I love that part of the definition is acts of kindness.  I often talk about doing acts of kindness.

 

Today I realized that as we do acts of kindness we are also sowing toward acts of kindness from God.  We are sowing goodness, isn’t that awesome?!  As we sow goodness, we will reap goodness.

 

As I continued to study God’s goodness, I came across several scriptures concerning His goodness.  Let me share them with you today;

 

Psalm 27:13; I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

 

Psalm 107:14-21; He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their chains in pieces. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He has broken the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron in two. Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

 

Exodus 34:6; And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.

 

2 Chronicles 6:41; Now therefore, Arise, O Lord God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let Your saints rejoice in goodness.

 

Jeremiah 31:12; Therefore, they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, streaming to the goodness of the Lord– for wheat and new wine and oil, for the young of the flock and the herd; Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more at all.

 

Jeremiah 31:14; I will saturate the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.

 

Psalm 23:6; Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

 

Psalm 33:5; He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

 

Today, as we observe Good Friday, let’s remember His goodness.  He was so good to us that He gave His only Son to die for us, to take our sins, our sickness, our confusion and give us instead, restoration, wholeness and peace…He is a good God.  Let’s celebrate Him today!

 

 

 

 

Meditate on this:

 

Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart!  Psalm 73:1

 

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