Surely Goodness!

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I would like to share one of my all-time favorite verses about God’s goodness as I conclude this week meditating on my word for the week – Good.

This verse is a conclusion to one of the ”most recognized chapter”, not just on the book of Psalms but in the entirety of the Bible – Psalm 23. Whenever I meditate on this word, I always get reminded His goodness in my life – passing grades in one dreadful subject in college, gave me a new job right after I resigned without a backup plan, miracles over my family.

I like how the The Passion Translation Bible transcribe Psalm 23.

“The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough.”

‭‭David acknowledged that the Lord is his best friend and his Shepherd. In the succeeding verse, still in TPT version, David remembered how the Good Shepherd offers him rest in his luxurious love.

In a world of haste and technology, I often ended up tired and weary. Or at times, I have been talking a lot to people at work but I get lonely at night when it is time to retire. There are times that all I could do was cry – but every time I felt empty, and when I start running to Him, He always fills my cup with His love and I always get a good rest afterward.

Our Good Shepherd always guides us so that we could have rest for our exhausted heart, downcasted souls, and anxious minds. And at times when we perceived that we are walking towards suffering or darkness, He strengthens our heart and giving us His comfort that He will not leave us nor forsake us.

The comfort of Your Love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for You are near. Psalm 23:4

Just as Jesus declares in John 10:11, He is our good Shepherd; the one that will lay down His life for sheep. If He can put aside His deity and give up His life for me, what else I could ask for that He could not give? For indeed, in His death, I have the affirmation that His goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life – this may pertain to the wholesomeness of the temporal things that we need while we are here; but the greatest assurance that I have is that one day, because of what the Good Shepherd has done, I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever where His goodness and mercy does not end.

    So why would I fear the future?
    For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
    Then afterward, when my life is through,
    I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! – Psalm 23:6

No Good Thing Is Withheld

As I continue to meditate on the goodness of our Lord for this week (blog posts theme for the week is the word Good), I wanted to share my reflections on Psalms 84.

Last Friday, my flight to Manila was cancelled due to a runway excursion. I am on leave from Friday until today. I told God that I am not ready to do nothing for five days. I was mentally prepared to be tired, as I was supposed to embark on three flights last weekend in less than 24 hours. But due to an accident in Manila Airport, all my flights for Friday and Saturday was cancelled.

I was telling God, I am not mentally prepared to do nothing. When I am not doing anything, I am always in solitude and likes to reflect on things. But yesterday, I felt that there are certain circumstances that the devil was using in order for me to doubt that God’s answer to my prayers. One part of my brain is telling me that God is an all-powerful God and He is good all the time; then one part of my brain is trying to tell go and check your phone for updates. One moment, I am telling my brain, God’s timing is perfect; He is neither early nor too late. I was anxious yesterday, that I feel lonely and needed to talk to someone.

Similarly, the author of Psalms 84 wanted to escape the anxious and bustling city and meet God in His holy temple; I am anxious to escape my complicated-wired brain and be at ease with the presence of my God. I have been repeating the verse from Psalms 73:25 – “Whom I have in heaven but You?”. I wanted to run so badly to God because half of my brain wanted an assurance, and half of my brain keeps reminding me He is God; He knows what He is doing.

While pondering, the Lord has brought peace to my fidgety heart and distressed mind. I may not be in a physical temple yesterday, but I rejoiced that our body became the temple of the Living God. I can have my encounters with Him at times when my thoughts are dampening my faith and spirit. I can be assured that being with God, I will feel better. If my flesh and my heart will fail, God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26).

Suddenly, God reminded me of His goodness on that specific prayer item. He reminded me that He didn’t withhold any good things from me. Yes, my faith at times falter, but the Holy Spirit, my counsellor, keep reminding me that He always works on our behalf. We are His delight, therefore, all good and perfect gifts are from Him. He didn’t say that we will not experience waiting, but we will go from strength to strength during the season of anticipation.

This I say to the Lord, He is my sun and my shield. As surely as the sun rises from the east and sets from the western horizon, I can be assured that there are no good things that will be withheld as long as we obey and desire to always walk with Him. Thank You Lord, for indeed You are good.

Weekend Worship: God, You’re So Good (Passion)

Yesterday, I posted a blog about my meditation on the word “Good”. Last week, during our service, one of the worship leaders said that if you never experienced goodness, then you don’t know God.

God is so good and He keeps inviting us to come and taste His goodness. Truth be told, I also have my own prayers that I have been lifting up to God; some as old as last year, two years, three years and some as new as yesterday. I am not a Super Christian, I feel anxious too about when God will answer my prayers. I am just like anyone else who is always on the wait.  But in my waiting time, God always reminds me that He is faithful and that He is good. God is good and this is one of the attributes that we can’t take away from Him.  His goodness extends even to the death of His only begotten Son on the cross. Therefore, I can fix my eyes to Jesus as God’s reflection of His great love for us and the assurance that His goodness will always be there for me and in His perfect time, the Lord will answer all my prayers.

As you play and meditate on this song, I pray that you encounter God’s goodness and amazing love in the waiting season of your life.

Word Study: Good

During my personal bible studies, I like to focus on one word and meditate on it. This week, I am meditating the word “Good”. The word “Good” is very common that at most times when someone asked how life is treating us, one would respond, “good” – even if they don’t feel good at all.

In Psalm:8, David is inviting us to come and see that the Lord is good; not the “good” definition of the world. He is inviting us to experience and encounter God’s divine goodness. The adjective good in the dictionary has several meanings and God’s goodness is never short of manifestation in a believer’s life; the goodness that surpasses our own understanding;  for His goodness and mercies are new every morning.

God is good all the time, we cannot take this away from His attributes. We may find ourselves in difficult situations, but God does not change. What we may view as something bad, may be viewed by God as something good for us, to mould us and transformed us to become more and more like Christ. God’s ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. But this one thing we can be sure of, despite the difficult times, we can take refuge to God, for He is good, all the time.