Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Ps 23:6)
We determine that we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever and that goodness and mercy shall follow us by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord. With that one decision, we also decide to accept all of the benefits and blessings of our salvation—which are unlimited!
Of course, the Bible also informs us that there will be persecution for our faith for which we must be prepared. (Mt 5:44; 10:23; Lk 21:12) But we can and should expect both, especially God’s blessings.
The blessings of salvation are many, varied, and unlimited. You truly need to study the Bible to locate all of the promised blessings, but I love to list at least some of them for people to meditate upon and to rejoice over!
- God is our shield and surpassingly great reward (Gen 15:1)
- The Lord is our healer (Ex 15:26)
- His joy is our strength (Neh 8:10)
- Jesus is our Open Heaven (Joh 1:51)
- All of God’s promises to us are answered “Yes” and “So be it” through Jesus, our Lord (2 Cor. 1:20)
- The Lord gives us a long life (Ps 91:16)
- God gives us good things to eat and renews our youth (Ps 103:5)
- God gives us an incorruptible inheritance (1 Pet 1:3-4)
- God give us eternal life. (Joh 3:15)
These are just a small handful of the benefits of trusting in God and accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Meditate on how much God loves you, and how very much He wants to bless you every single day of your life! Hallelujah!
God is always working in the world. He loves to do a “new thing”!
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isa 43:19)
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them. (Isa 42:9)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Cor 5:17)
. . . to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. (Heb 12:24)
God’s new thing will ALWAYS be better than anything that has gone before. When His plans for one of His people changes, the reason is to improve the plan!
Our God is a God of love, mercy and truth. He is patient and full of goodness. God is eternal, self-sufficient, all-powerful and He never changes! We must learn the nature of our God, and once we do, our faith in Him will be deepened and secure.
Since God knows everything, we can trust that His new thing will also serve the best interests of everyone concerned. Get on board with God’s new thing!
The Word of God reminds us that God cares for all of His creation, including the birds of the air. And it states that we are far more valuable to the Lord than His birds! So, of course, He provides for our needs daily.
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Mt 6:26, see Lk 12:24)
By them the birds of the heavens have their home; they sing among the branches. 13 He waters the hills from His upper chambers; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works. (Ps 104:12-13)
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)
Knowing that God is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, should fill us with confidence and reassurance in a very deep and meaningful way. Hopefully, it liberates us to focus upon God and His goodness. It will spur us to praise and worship the Lord daily, and to work diligently for the Kingdom of God.
Jesus is the Lord, our Righteousness! (Jer 23:6; 33:16) Along with Christ, the Father God has given us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Pet 1:3) So rejoice in your many blessings and spread this gracious, Good News to others.
In the last days, they will tremble in awe of the Lord and of his goodness. (Hos 3:5b NLT)
To be in awe of something means to be afraid, tremble, or to be so alarmed—even to the point of shaking in fear. Everything God does is good, but His goodness can be overpowering, particularly when it is clearly unearned.
God’s goodness is on display every minute of every day, but clearly, in the last days God will be performing such amazing miracles that the vast majority of people will not be able to ignore it any longer. The Lord will make sure that His acts will be center stage before the nations.
The Lord is called the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6), and peace provides the tranquil environment needed for healing of all illnesses—mental, physical, and relational. Healing is only one of God’s many good gifts to mankind.
Consider these truths from the Word of God:
- God’s goodness gives us hope (Ps 27:13)
- God’s goodness prevails continually (Ps 52:1)
- His goodness leads us to repentance (Rom 2:4)
- We are told to consider (meditate upon) God’s goodness (Rom 11:22a)
- God takes pleasure in His goodness (2 Thes 1:11)
The first usage of the word “good” in the Bible (Gen 1:3-4) establishes the fact that God is origin of everything that is good. When God moves, speaks, or acts, something GOOD is always produced.
The goodness of God contains no darkness or evil of any kind. (Ps 5:4; 1 John 1:5 AMP)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (Jas 1:17)
It’s time to reflect upon and rejoice in the goodness of the living God, whom we serve.