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God’s Goodness

Have you ever felt discouraged? Have you ever tried to listen to a worship song and even in all your struggle you just didn’t believe the words being declared in the song? How could those words be for me?

Did you know that according to Oxford Languages the word Psalm means, a sacred song or hymn, in particular any of those contained in the biblical book of Psalm and used in Christian and Jewish worship? Many of the Psalms can be attributed to King David. Even in all his struggles, he still sang hymns to God never doubting God’s love and His promises for a moment. Even in his short comings, he didn’t run from God, but to God. God knows all things. As David shares with us in Psalm 139 (NKJV)

O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

I know that was a long scripture verse to share with you. But instead of looking at it from David’s perspective as the author, I want you to look at it from the perspective as if you had written that Psalm. Those thoughts towards David, how God knows David, how God defends David, how God searches David, He does the same for you! He does the same for me!

Let us be encouraged and keep God’s word in our heart, in our minds, in the depths of our souls! Let us sing psalms of God’s goodness! He brings us back to life, He gives us hope! He makes a way, He shepherds us lovingly. He brings us to eternal life and reassures us that He is the way; to follow Him, and that in Him, we are God’s children and will bear much fruit if we do not give up! Jesus has told us:

1. I am the bread of life.

2. I am the light of the world.

3. I am the door/the gate.

4. I am the good Shepherd.

5. I am the resurrection, and the life.

6. I am the way, the truth, and the life.

7. I am the true vine.

© 2021 Leslie Wittenmyer—All rights reserved

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