God is Good!
WHEN GOD ANNOUNCES HIMSELF to Moses and passes before him, he says of himself in Exodus 34:6-7, “The LORD, the LORD, A God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.”
In the chapter prior to this scene, God said to Moses, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name.” So when we talk about the goodness of God, we are not just talking about one aspect of God. Rather, we are referring to the totality of the attributes of God, his excellences and perfections. “As for God, his way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30). God is good!
We see God’s goodness in his generosity. God is abounding in steadfast love. Or as the KJV puts it, God is abundant in goodness. J. I. Packer says, “Generosity means a disposition to give to others in a way which has no mercenary motive and is not limited by what the recipients deserve but consistently goes beyond it. Generosity expresses the simple wish that others should have what they need to make them happy. Generosity is, so to speak, the focal point of God’s moral perfection; it is the quality which determines how all God’s other excellences are to be displayed.” (Knowing God, 162)
God’s goodness is on display with his generous desire to graciously share all that is good with those he has made. Most importantly, he generously shares with us what is of most good in this world, himself! (Psalm 27:4)
Psalm 107 calls us to “give thanks to the LORD for he is good.” It describes the generous way God in his goodness has delivered us from our troubles. Four testimonies of deliverance are rehearsed in this psalm and each end with the refrain, “Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!” In this psalm, the character of the goodness of God is ultimately seen in God’s rescuing man from his trouble and transforming their lives.
This generous goodness of God finds its ultimate expression in the gospel of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the pronouncement of the “good news” that comes to us in the person of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, God has come to deliver us from our trouble.
Psalm 34:8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good.” Indeed he is. How have you seen the goodness of God in your life?
“Oh give thanks to the LORD for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
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