The Goodness of God

This psalm is an acrostic poem. Each stanza begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

65 Do good to your servant
according to your word, Lord.
66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
for I trust your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I obey your word.
68 You are good, and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees.
69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
I keep your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
but I delight in your law.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees.
72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me
than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Psalm 119:65-72

In our efforts just to get by in life, we forget the goodness of God. What do I mean by that?

We forget that we live in a free land and enjoy luxuries the world has never known.

We forget that God has a purpose in our lives, even though we may not know what that is.

We forget that this world is not our home and we are only passing through. What awaits us is infinitely better than what we are experiencing now.

We forget that God puts people into our lives for a reason.

We forget that the Holy Spirit can empower and encourage us when we’re weary.

I’ve touched upon a few of the goodnesses of God. What about you? How has God been good to you?

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