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Expressions of God's Goodness

Posted by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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  Let my whole being[a] bless the Lord!
    Let everything inside me bless his holy name!
Let my whole being bless the Lord
    and never forget all his good deeds:
    how God forgives all your sins,
    heals all your sickness,
    saves your life from the pit,
    crowns you with faithful love and compassion,
    and satisfies you with plenty of good things
        so that your youth is made fresh like an eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness; he won’t be angry forever.
10 He doesn’t deal with us according to our sin
    or repay us according to our wrongdoing,
11     because as high as heaven is above the earth,
    that’s how large God’s faithful love is for those who honor him.
12 As far as east is from west—
    that’s how far God has removed our sin from us.
13 Like a parent feels compassion for their children—
    that’s how the Lord feels compassion for those who honor him.
14 Because God knows how we’re made,
    God remembers we’re just dust.

15 The days of a human life are like grass:
    they bloom like a wildflower;
16     but when the wind blows through it, it’s gone;

    does justice for all who are oppressed.
God made his ways known to Moses;
    made his deeds known to the Israelites.
The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
    very patient, and full of faithful love.
God won’t always play the judge;

even the ground where it stood doesn’t remember it.
17 But the Lord’s faithful love is from forever ago to forever from now
        for those who honor him.
    And God’s righteousness reaches to the grandchildren
18         of those who keep his covenant
        and remember to keep his commands.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 You divine messengers,
    bless the Lord!
You who are mighty in power and keep his word,
        who obey everything he says,
    bless him!
21 All you heavenly forces,
    bless the Lord!
All you who serve him and do his will,
    bless him!

All God’s creatures,
    bless the Lord!
Everywhere, throughout his kingdom,
        let my whole being
    bless the Lord!

             We often think of God 's goodness in terms of our blessings and expressions of divine goodness , we should not interpret God's love only by how he demonstrate it in positive circumstances . We often experience his goodness best in our darkness hours --- in those situations , he shows himself to be good in deeper ways as he alone can . ( 2 Cor 12.9)

One way the Lord expresses goodness is though his mercy ------ the tender - headed compassion he has for us. In the Bible mercy is usually mentioned in the context of God's concern for people who needy or suffering. We constantly see Jesus filled with compassion and ministering because of this mercy ( Mark 1.41) He healed many people who cried out to him for mercy because they recognized their neediness ( Matthew 9. 27 -- 29)

Remember it wasn't the self - righteous Pharisee who was blessed , but the sinful tax collector who realized that he didn't deserve God's favor and begged for mercy ( Luke 18. 9 - 14) IN response to our destress God offers comfort not because we earned it but because God is good. Also keep in mind that through Jesus ' worthiness and sacrifice , all those who trust him as Savior have a great worth in God's eyes  ( 2 Cor. 5 .21)

Another expression of our heavenly father's goodness is grace. A just God cannot overlook sin, yet because of his infinite goodness and love . He choose to pay our penalty for us. We have access to God's grace only through the blood of his son Jesus Christ . Every day we should remind our self of the father's extraordinary goodness for us and thank him for it .

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