Psalm 62:11-12 (CSB) God has spoken once; I have heard this twice: strength belongs to God, and faithful love belongs to you, Lord. For you repay each according to his works.
God is great, God is good, Let us thank Him…
Like most of us who grew up saying grace and offering thanksgiving for meals, you probably added “for our food.” Sometimes this childhood prayer is repeated so much that it becomes thoughtless. However, the first two verses have the power to change our life if truly comprehended and built as our belief. God IS great! God IS good! This easily becomes rhetoric when things are going as planned. Apart from fiery trails, devastating loss or inconvenient troubles. But what about the morning after…you cried all night, your heart was broken, and desperation seeped into your bones. Is He still great? Is He still good? Yes, He is.
A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” What I believe about the Lord defines every aspect of my Christian life. I must have the solid foundation of Jesus Christ, who He is and what He offers in order to fully assume my identity as Child of God. The first is that God is great. It is child-like faith that places our life in our capable Father’s Hands believing that He is mighty. The Word of God tells us in Deuteronomy 10:17 that He is mighty and awesome. Daniel shares that “God is able.” (3:17) What good is a God who cannot redeem us? (Jeremiah 50:34) He is to be our strength. (Philippians 4:13)
God is great. He is Sovereign. All-powerful, everywhere, and knows everything – this is too awesome to even comprehend with finite human reasoning. Yet He is also the first one who is called to accountability in our disappointment or devastation. God is great in the good times. God is great in the bad times. His Greatness is not questioned and not contingent on anyone’s belief in Him. He was. He is. He always will be. The awesomeness of God can be rather intimidating when you do not understand His Goodness.
Romans 8:28 (CSB) We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
“God’s Goodness means that all His Greatness is meant to work in your life for your good.” Steven Furtick
God is good. His Intentions for us are always good. Those who choose to live in God’s Greatness through Jesus Christ can expect God’s Goodness in their life. This does not exempt us from trials but gives us hope in the outcome. Miracles are made of impossible. The impossible is something beyond our reach and power possible only in the Realm of Hope with the assistance of the Hand of God. His Goodness is meant for us and to bring Him Glory.
I heard a preacher talking about Job yesterday. In Job 1:21, it says, “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.” It is easy to say, “The Lord gives…blessed be the Name of the Lord.” We love when His Power works in our favor. However, it also says, “The Lord takes away…blessed be the Name of the Lord.” Job had lost everything. All of his children gone and his finance security stripped from beneath him – yet Job knew that God was great and God was Good. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. I wonder today if this confession made each day might bring us more love, joy and peace as our confidence in Christ expands from the God who does good things to the God of all things. God is great! God is Good! Blessed be the Name of the Lord!
Faith comes by hearing. (Romans 10:17) The Word of God speaks to us. We must remind ourselves to grow new faith and greater confidence in God. This is not a deep theological observation but simply a way to make it through this life to our place in eternity. God is great! He is all-powerful and wants to use His Power for you. God is good! God’s Goodness is for you. He sealed this declaration on the Cross when Jesus gave us access to all of God’s Goodness for we were already condemned by His Greatness. When Jesus made the way for us it connected God’s Greatness and Goodness to give us an undeserved life of God’s Favor if only we believe.
Can you say it with me today? I know your heart is broken. Maybe you are confused why God would allow such a thing to happen? Are you suffering a loss? Are you wondering if God is even real? Say it with me, please. “God, You are Great. God, You are Good. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.” Like your right hand pulling you up, then your left hand pulling you farther and then you breathe. God is great! (Right hand) God is good! (Left hand) Blessed be the Name of the Lord. (Breathe) If you will repeat these words when you wake up, when trouble comes, and before you go to sleep at night – you will begin to believe and experience the new life in Christ that He promised. It will pull you from the pit of despair and guide you through the darkest valley because He is great and He is good. Thank you, God for Your Greatness and Your Goodness and that you give them both to me.
Psalm 103:2-4 (CSB) My soul, bless the Lord, and do not forget all His benefits. He forgives all your iniquity; He heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from the pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.