The Lord is Good

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Psalm 100:1-5

During this week of celebrating Thanksgiving, our minds have probably been drawn to all of the things for which we are thankful.  We have probably thanked the Lord many times during this week for many different things, life, health, family, friends, salvation, and church likely among them.  I thought I would end this week with one of my favorite Psalms, Psalm 100.

Verse 5 starts out “For the LORD is good…”  That is the exact conclusion that I came to after thinking about thankfulness and trying to be thankful during this week.  The Lord most certainly is good.  He is good in every way and at all times.  There may be times that we do not understand what He is doing, but we can rest assured that, whatever He may do, it will be good.

He has freely given us salvation.  He hears and answers our prayers.  He has given us a perfect Bible to read and study.  Even when we fail Him, He has made a way for us to be forgiven.  As verse 5 also says, “his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”  If we had nothing else in the world but our salvation, we would conclude that “the Lord is good.”  But He has chosen to give us so much more.  He has chosen to give us life, and health, and friends and family.  All of the blessings we enjoy come from Him.  That is why, in the words of verse 4, we should “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise.

The Lord is good.

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