Abundant Goodness

by Mary Beth on September 5, 2022

”But I trust in you, O LORD;

I say, ”You are my God.”

Make your face shine on your servant;

Oh, how abundant is your goodness,

which you have stored up for those who fear you,

and worked for those who take refuge in you,

in the sight of the children of mankind!

Love the LORD, all you his saints!

Be strong, and let your heart take courage,

all you who wait for the LORD!” -Psalm 31: 14, 16, 19, 23, 24.

In the book of Psalms, we have many references to the goodness of God, including Psalm 31. Furthermore, in the opening chapters of Genesis, God created the earth and mankind to listen and honor His abundant goodness, that speaks existence into all of Life. We are incapable of fully comprehending or embracing God’s abundant goodness in each day or given night of our lives. Abundant goodness exists from the mercies of who God is in His character, and His holy presence. And God actually stores up His goodness for us! The joy of watching a hummingbird or cardinal at our bird-feeders, is a joy to view that I had absolutely nothing to do with bringing them near to me. The same is true of each newly resurrected day; His mercies and faithfulness speaks to us in the eternal air of life.

By the grace of God, our eyes are opened and our ears actually hear His words and voice that goes throughout the earth. Day by day, and night to night; sunrise to sunset; season to season; year to year. Psalm 19

God is aligning, through Christ, all things in heaven and all things on earth for His timing. At the right time, His providential hand brings about His purposes, plans, and blessings from who He is: Holy, Faithful, Truthful, Life, and Goodness. Eternal Truth, eternal Life, eternal Goodness dwells in Him. As God set His mandates for living life to its fullest, His counsel stands towards His goodness, rhythm, and order for our human flourishing.

It takes a humble posture of heart to live life whole-hearted, by trusting in the LORD. One of my favorite poets, George MacDonald, beautifully writes his thoughts on trusting in the Lord. The Lord is determined to prove if our hearts are trusting Him, this is often challenging for our souls and faith, yet worth the wrestle over and over again. Go ahead, taste and see that God is good. Be willing to trust in Him, and to watch for His presence and smile upon you.

“For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity…”Proverbs 2: 6, 7

“Thou art the Truth, the Life. Thou, Lord, wilt see

To every question that perplexes me.

I am Thy being; and my dignity

Is written with my name down in Thy book;

Thou wilt care for it. Never shall I think

Of anything that Thou might overlook-

In faith-born triumph at Thy feet…

Sometimes it seems pure-natural to trust,

And trust right largely, grandly, infinitely,

Daring the splendor of the Giver’s part;

At other times, the whole earth is but dust,

The sky is dust, yea, dust the human heart;

Then art Thou nowhere, there is no room for Thee

In the great dust-heap of eternity.

But why should it be possible to mistrust-

Nor possible only, but its opposite hard?

Why should not man believe because he must-

By sight’s compulsion? Why should he be scarred

With conflict? worn with doubting fine, and long?

No man is fit for heaven’s musician throng

Who has not tuned an instrument all shook and jarred.

Therefore, O Lord, when all things common seem,

When all is dust, and self the center clod,

When grandeur is a hopeless, foolish dream,

And anxious care more reasonable than God-

Out of the ashes I will call to Thee-

In spite of dead distrust call earnestly:

O Thou who livest, call, then answer dying me.”

-George MacDonald, Diary of An Old Soul

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