November 24, 2021

I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth, and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (Psalm 138:1-8)
As we close out this week of Devotional Thoughts, may we pause for a moment and consider this statement, “God is Good!” Although this statement is familiar to us and may have lost its power, this is a great truth – God is good!
Some may say, “God cannot be good. Have you seen all the evil in the world today? A good God would not allow that to happen.” Although there may be much wickedness in the world, it does not change that; even though times may seem troubled, God is still good! Others may say, “God cannot be good. If He is good, then why do we encounter sickness and suffering?” Even when health is terrible, God is still good!
You may be asking the question, “How good is God?” The answer we find in (v.3) that states, “On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.” God is so good He hears us when we call, and He answers us. The prophet Jeremiah said in (Jerimiah 33:3) “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” God is good!
God is so good that He deserves our love and praise. David said it this way in (v.5), “they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.” David offered praise to God because of His “lovingkindness” and “truth” (v.2). God is good!
God is so good that even though He is “on high,” He “regards the lowly” (v.6). This is a great truth. God is good! God is so good that He promises to finish what He has started in His children. “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me” verse eight tells us. Paul said in (Philippians 1:6), “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Friends, you may be going through some callous times in your life and are having some doubts about God’s goodness and love. Remember once again that His mercy endures forever, and He is good! May I encourage you to Pray with me?
Lord, help me trust in You with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding but in all my ways submit to You. Make my paths straight and guide me down the right path. I know there will be times of suffering and hardship in this life, but help me take heart because I know You have overcome the world. Please give me the courage to face the challenges that come. Please help me to persevere and not give up. Please give me the strength to face these storms. Pour out Your peace over me and keep me in Your perfect peace. I want to always look to You when trials come. Instead of blaming You or looking elsewhere for the answers, I want to look to You and trust entirely in You. This is hard to do, but I ask You to help me surrender everything to You… my emotions, thoughts, actions, and control. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your help through this tough time. I know You’ve got this, and You’ve got me! I praise You, and I put all of my faith and trust in You. Thank You, Lord, for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus Name, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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