Psalm 27. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
This in one of the most precious Psalms written by David. It is a record of David’s faith in The Lord, and His desire to dwell in His presence. But it is also a Psalm that reveals David’s daily battle with those who counted him as an enemy. They were cruel and slanderous. He also writes about how he felt forsaken by his father and mother. We should never think that the “heroes” in the bible led “no sweat” kind of lives. Like us, their lives were filled with ups and downs. Seasons of calm and seasons of chaos. They had dear friends and not so dear enemies. Stuff that life on earth is all about, being a planet of fallen, fractured sinners.
But one thought that I want to drop into your soul this morning beloved, is the fact that what kept David going in the midst of all that was going on in his life, was that he knew that even in the midst of life’s craziness, the goodness of God was there as well. It was David who also wrote surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Yes we are living on a planet of fallen sinners, but the Scriptures tell us that the earth if full of the goodness of The Lord. Dear ones, there is something to be said about fighting to possess a goodness of God mindset, when life gets tough or when we feel like Jesus has “checked out.” In that wonderful 107th Psalm, we repeatedly read, Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! It is as if God is saying to us, excuse me, look all around you and see My goodness. We tend to see all of the dark things around us. We cannot hide our heads in the sand and ignore that the reality of the consequences of sin that are all around us. However, if we are not disciplined in what we choose to think about like the bible commands us to do, we can begin to live disparaging lives of gloom and doom instead of lives that feed on every good thing which we have in Christ Jesus. In the Old Testament chapter regarding the new birth, Jeremiah 31, we read, and I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD. Beloved, are we satisfied with the goodness of God? Is God’s goodness enough for you today? The goodness of His grace. The goodness of His love. The goodness of His me
Dig in your spiritual heels today and fight to have that blood-bought goodness-of-God mindset. It is one of the fruits of The Spirit. It is a powerful weapon against the fiery darts of discouragement. Heaven awaits us beloved. Let the words of The Good Master encourage you. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Selah.