God is Good

Our God is a good God. When bad things happen to good people we might have a tendency to lash out and blame God. God is not the author of bad…He’s the author of good. When He made a tree…he said it was good. When He made the light…He said it was good. All that God made was good. God is on your side today. He wants to fill your life with goodness and joy and love and peace.

A Psalm Revealing the Goodness of God

                                                       Psalm 100:1-5

A Devotional Study of Psalm 100

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

• Shouting in Verse 1
• Gladness in Verse 2
• Knowledge in Verse 3
• Thanksgiving and Prayer in Verse 4
• Goodness and Love in Verse 5

I.  “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.”

 We may not have the chemical and biological makeup to be a person who enjoys shouting. We may be timid about shouting. That is, not at all comfortable shouting. There is, without a doubt, times when nothing else will express what we have in our mind and in our heart. We must shout!
Here, the Psalmist is urging us to Shout for Joy…to the LORD.
American’s have a lot to shout about and many times, do shout, but rarely do we shout to the Lord.
a.) We shout at the stadium when our football team is in a close contest about to make a critical play. Our team makes the play and scores the point. The crowd erupts into a great, ear shattering shout! Yes, we shout in our ballgames.
b.) We shout at the racetrack when our favorite driver finally inches forward and takes the lead all the way to the finish line. Again the supporting fans erupt into a deafening and collective shout.
c.) We shout when there is danger and we attempt to get the attention of a loved one who is in imminent risk of dying or serious injury.
But here the writer of sacred Scripture strongly urges us to shout for Joy! Joy to the Lord. Your heart is so filled with goodness, joy and love for God that nothing else will express that Joy, but a great, heart rendering SHOUT!!!

Here’s a little song from my youth that will bring a little shout out of you.  It’s a fun song and has more verses than Carter has little Liver Pills…well, almost!  Remember this?  “I’ve Got the Joy.”

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.
Where?  Down in my heart!
Where?  Down in my heart!
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,
down in my heart
down in my heart to stay.

The song leader used to cup his ear and shout out to his singers…”WHERE?”  And the reply could be deafening.  WHERE?  Down in my heart! 

Here are more verses…

And if the Devil doesn’t like it he can sit on a tack.
OUCH!
Sit on a tack!
OUCH!
Sit on a tack.
And if the Devil doesn’t like it he can sit on a tack
Sit on a tack today.
The kids sit on the floor and shout “OUCH” 
and repeat this until the song is over.

I’ve got the peace that passes understanding,
Down in my heart,
Where? Down in my heart!
Where? Down in my heart!
I’ve got the peace that passes understanding,
down in my heart
down in my heart to stay.
I’ve the got love of Jesus, love of Jesus
Down in my heart,
Where? Down in my heart!
Where? Down in my heart!
I’ve the got love of Jesus, love of Jesus
down in my heart,
down in my heart to stay.
 

“this next verse must be sung very quickly to cram all the extra words in. But it works!”

 
I’ve got the wonderful love of my precious redeemer way down in the depths of my heart, 
Where?  Down in the depths of my heart, 
Where?  Down in the depths of my heart. 
I’ve got the wonderful love of my precious redeemer way down in the depths of my heart; 
down in the depths of my heart to stay!

 I’ve got the love for all people down in my heart 
Where? Down in my heart 
Where? Down in my heart 
I’ve got the love for all people down in my heart 
Down in my heart to stay. 

And I’m so happy. So very happy !
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart. 
And I’m so happy so very happy 
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart!

You can’t sing that little song and not get happy.  It’s a happy song, a joyful song and it makes you SHOUT!

 

YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS SONG HOME WITH YOU AND SING IT AGAIN AND AGAIN WITH YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS.   WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD BREAK OUT THIS SONG AND SING IT AS LOUD AS YOU CAN.  LET THE FOLKS PASSING YOU WONDER WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DRINKING.  PUT SOME JOY BACK IN YOUR LIFE AND SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD. 

Verse 2, Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

II. This verse injects Gladness into the Worship experience. We, of all people, should be Glad. Let me ask you a question, “Are you glad?”

Are you glad you are here? Are you glad you are not in some bar, drinking; Or, in your wrecked car, drunk? Are you glad you are not in the morgue, dead?
Tell me what you are glad about and I can tell a lot about your life and position in life.

The Bible says, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm118:24. The writer is saying, this day, today, the very day we are living right now…this day right here in the sweet now and now—this day God has made for us…We should rejoice (joy) and be GLAD in it. Are you Glad?

Turn to two or three people and grab their hand, smile at them say, “I am glad!!!” Tomorrow the first people you meet…smile, shake their hand and say, “I am glad!.” Get in the habit of expressing your gladness in the Lord.

“But…” you say, “won’t people think I am a little fanatical?” What do you care what they think. You apparently don’t care what they are thinking when you snap at them, or grumble about things.

You want to shake someone up and cause them to ponder your attitude when you walk down the street? Do this tomorrow. The first two or three strangers you see on the street, walk up to them, extend your hand in greeting…introduce yourself and then say, God made this day and I am glad.” Then walk off. Hello!!!

What have you got to be glad about? You might ask:
I am glad for God. I am glad He loves me. I am glad He saved me. I am glad I am going to Heaven when I die. I am glad to have Christian friends and loved ones. I am glad to have a good church. I am glad for my family. I am glad for my job. I have a lot to be glad about. Say that with me…”I am glad”.

III. Know that the LORD is God.

a.) It is he who made us,
b.) and we are his; we are his people.
c.) (we are) the sheep of his pasture.
Verse 3 Promotes Knowledge. Christians should know a few things. The first thing a Christian should be certain about…The LORD is God. When you know that…When you know that the LORD is God…you already know more than 60 percent of all the professing Christians in America. Think about that…The LORD is God!

The Lord is not just a good man…He is GOD! He is the God-man. If he is not God…He is not good. If He is good, He is God. The LORD is God.
a.) The LORD is God
b.) The LORD made us. We didn’t just happen. I don’t care what the educational institutions declare…If at the root of their understanding is not this great fact, “It is He…God…The LORD who made us” then everything they attempt to force feed into your mind is wrong. It is in error. It is anti God. He made us. We are His by virtue of that fact. We have no right to say no to Him.
c.) We are His people. Let your mind wrap around that thought. We, you, me and everyone who names the Name of Christ…We are the people of God. We are in His family. We have rights; we have privileges; we have joys; we have peace. We are His and He is ours.
d.) We are the sheep of His pasture. That means He cares for us. We can cast all of our cares upon His strong shoulders…because He cares for us. First Peter 5:7 says those very words, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” That’s a deep thought. God knows where you are…He knows what you are doing…He cares for you. He’s looking out for you. Place your heavy load of cares over on the Lord.

IV. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; Give thanks to him and praise his name”.

These are the out years…before the Christian is Raptured Home. We shall make an application from this statement. We will, today, enter His presence with “Thanksgiving.” When you pray…you are entering into His presence. Never forget this wonderful truth. Want to be near to God? Pray. When you pray…you are drawing near to the heart of God. How much do you pray? We are instructed to pray all the time.
Long before America had Billy Graham, London had Charles H. Spurgeon, He was London’s greatest of all pastors and preachers. Mr. Spurgeon addressed this matter of praying often and always by saying,
“It is a very simple matter to ask; but how gracious it is, on the part of God, to add to such a simple thing as asking (Get this) His promise of giving! He did not say, “Desire the blessing,” but “Ask for it.” He does not say, “Purchase it,” but “Ask for it;” nor “Labor until you finally obtain it by your own efforts,” but “Ask for it.” Brothers and Sisters, if heaven is to be had for the asking, and if all that is needed to bring us to heaven is to be had for the asking, who would not ask? Whatever else a believer may fail to do, he must never fail to ask.
“If we have never asked God for anything at all, we may be quite sure that we were never converted.”
“A prayerless soul must be a Christless soul; but if we are really in Christ, we must have practiced the sacred art of asking, and we ought to continually ask. If there is any difficulty in our minds, let us ask, for the Holy Spirit can solve it. If there is any needs in our homes, let us ask, for our Heavenly Father can supply it. If there is any weakness in our spiritual nature, let us ask, for God can strengthen us. If there is any longing desire of our soul, which even leads to great sorrow of spirit, let us ask, for our desire can be granted if it is a right one, and our sorrow can be removed. To ask my brethren, is very simple; and let the Lord’s name be praised that, usually, the best asking is that which is the most simple.”
These wonderful thoughts on prayer flowed from Spurgeon’s pulpit through his sermon, “Pray, Always Pray, delivered November 3, 1878. Mr. Spurgeon died 1892 at the young age of 58.
My friends, God is never more pleased with you, as one of his Children, as He is when you pray to Him. We humans love to hear from our children, our parents, our loved ones. Nothing warms our hearts as a letter from home, or phone call.
Years ago just before Mother’s Day. The telephone company was using celebrities to promote calling mother on Mother’s Day. I still remember The University of Alabama college football great…Coach Bear Bryant suggesting folks call their mothers on Mother’s Day. While I don’t remember all he said, I do remember his passionate statement, “I wish I could call my mother…” Oh, Coach Bryant wanted to hear his mother’s voice one more time.
Do you think Coach Bryant loved his mother more than God loved her? Do you believe Coach Bryant wanted more to hear his mother’s voice than God wants to hear your voice?
God loves your prayers. He loves for you to step into His presence with “thanksgiving.” He loves your “praise.” That’s why the Psalmist said, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

V. And finally, I bring you the last verse in this great Psalm. Look at Verse 5. “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”

I heard a pastor say recently, “One of the main reasons we have a time for greeting folks each Lord’s day is this: There are folks in this church who have not touched another human this entire week. They are lonely. When you shake that person’s hand today you are blessing them with a gentle touch as from the Lord. They will treasure that hand shake.”
Dr. George W. Truett, long-time pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, said, “Be kind to everyone you meet, because everyone is having a hard time.”
This last verse imparts a simple, but profound thought to our spirit. This thought was so powerful that it shook the planet when Jesus was born and shook it again when He died and shook it one more time when He resurrected. He shook the earth with His goodness.
a.) The Lord is good. Don Moen and Paul Overstreet couldn’t pass up this thought without writing a song that blesses thousands of Christians each Lord’s day. Here’s their chorus, “God is good all the Time.”

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME
HE PUT A SONG OF PRAISE, IN THIS HEART OF MINE
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME
THROUGH THE DARKEST NIGHT, HIS LIGHT WILL SHINE
GOD IS GOOD, GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME

They were saying in other words what God said best, “The Lord is good and his love endures forever:”
Not only is the Lord good and that good extends out to the very end of the age…His FAITHFULNESS continues right along with His goodness. You might say His faithfulness is a companion to His goodness.
I close these thoughts with one of the sweetest and most meaningful verses in all the Bible:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
May God complete this message in the heart of each of you as you let the Holy Spirit do His perfect work.

Author: Editor

An ordained Baptist minister. Worked for 10 years with a Christian publishing ministry where I was the circulation manager for a growing publication, The Sword of the Lord. I also did most of direct mail fundraising and promotion. I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama & Arkansas. I served for some four years as Vice President of The Spoken Word of God ministry, Orlando, FL. This ministry was active in church planting in India and broadcasting the Scriptures via Trans World Radio and other radio outlets. My associate in this ministry later invited me to join him and his dad in starting a business working with churches providing multimedia equipment. I have done this work for the last 16 years. This blog, hopefully, will scratch an itch I have for communicating the Word of God to a broader audience via the Internet. I would be honored to hear from you via email.

4 thoughts on “God is Good”

  1. Elizabeth,
    You honor me by your visit and your comment is most valuable and touching. I know the good work that you do for ladies and I trust your work will prosper and have, always, good success. Thanks again.

  2. Dr. Mike,
    You are most generous with your praise, but let us agree the praise is due the Lord. I am sure I know your heart and that is exactly your sentiment. Thanks for saying it. I am most fortunate to have God use me in this small way. Not that His Word is small, but that I can be used of Him to speak on His behalf. May God spread His Word not only through this blog, but through the many who see it here and have the opportunity to take this Word even further.

  3. DR. RON:
    GOD IS GOOD, ANOTHER WONDERFUL MESSAGE AND SO TRUE. YOU ARE A BLESSING TO THE ENTIRE WORLD. A FEW YEARS AGO , IT SEEMED EVERYONE WAS ASKING THE QUESTION. WHY DOES BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE? I DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER , NOR DOES ANYONE ELSE. SO I CHANGED THE QUESTION. WHAT HAPPENS TO GOOD PEOPLE WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO THEM? THEY BECOME BETTER PEOPLE. THIS HAPPENS WHEN WE NOT ONLY KNOW THAT GOD KNOWS BEST. HE ALWAYS DOES WHAT IS BEST. WE DO NOT HAVE TO UNDERSTAND. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT HE UNDERSTANDS. I HAVE LEARNED THAT WHEN ,’ IN EVERYTHING, I GIVE THANKS, HE WILL SATISFY ME. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. YOUR WEB SITE MAY VERY WELL BE THE BEST ONE ON EARTH, WITH SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS TO OFFER.

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