It would be easy for me to believe that maybe God is not so good, especially as I have suffered so much loss, pain, and trouble. But in the triumphs in my life, I have experienced God’s unfailing love, protection, healing, and provision. Knowing that I have not done anything to deserve His help, I can only conclude that the compassion and care that I have miraculously received are evidence of God’s goodness.
In the psalm today, Psalm 145, David explained why he continuously praised and exalted his God and King. He gave us insight into why God was worthy to be praised. David had experienced God’s help and forgiveness, so he is a great witness and teacher on the goodness of God.
Psalm 145: 1-3 I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever! Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.
David proclaimed that he would always praise God’s name and exalt Him. David planned to praise God every day for as long as he lived. I believe that only someone who had experienced God’s amazing grace and mercy and who recognized that they were not worthy to receive it and had done nothing to earn it could fully understand the immensity of what God had accomplished in their lives.
When I hear people complain that God has not answered their prayers in a timely manner or in the ways that they envision, I want to ask them, “What does God owe you or me? What have we given Him or done so great for Him that He owes us? Why do we often feel entitled to healing or help?” The audacity of entitlement that so many Christians seem to demonstrate in their “bless me, Lord” prayers sometimes astonishes me, and yet, I am guilty of it as well.
Psalm 145: 4-12 Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;I will proclaim your greatness. Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness. The Lord is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation. All of your works will thank you, Lord,
and your faithful followers will praise you.They will speak of the glory of your kingdom; they will give examples of your power.They will tell about your mighty deeds
and about the majesty and glory of your reign.
David taught that people should share their stories of God’s goodness with their children and grandchildren. It is the testimonies of help from heaven that teach subsequent generations learn to trust in God Almighty.
This past weekend, I witnessed my youngest daughter telling her nieces how God had blessed her. When they heard how little she is paid, they wondered how she could afford to sponsor my birthday meal and invite the whole family to come and share.
She told them that by putting God first in her life, she had never missed paying a bill or her house note, always had her much-needed insulin, kept gas in her car and it repaired, and that she was able to buy food to cook for the homeless people who lived under the bridges near her. She admitted that there have been times when she did not know how she was going to do things, but God, in His compassion and mercy, had always come through for her. She implored them to put God first in their lives, too, and to believe in Him. It was a proud Mama moment for me, the best of my birthday gifts.
Psalm 145: 13-21 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does. The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it. When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness. The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them. The Lord protects all those who love him, but he destroys the wicked. I will praise the Lord, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.
David praised the Lord, listing the ways in which God is good to us flawed humans. David highlighted the characteristics that underscore God’s goodness: love for us, compassion, kindness, graciousness, faithfulness to His promises, righteousness, mercy, patience, and His dislike for wickedness and evil people.
When I found myself wondering how I would get my children and me out of poverty, it was the promises in Matthew 6:31-33 that motivated me to trust in the Lord. The Scriptures states, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
In this blog, I have written of the many ways that God has kept His promises to me, saving me from violent men and opening doors that I could not see. Like David, I have every reason to praise Him every day. I try to remember each morning as my eyes open to give God thanks and praise for another day’s journey.
I would recommend that course of action to everyone, for each day is not promised to us. Let us praise God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for the great things He has done, continues to do, and has promised to do, including Jesus’ return for His people. This holiday season, let us not forget the greatest gift given to humankind: a Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord.