Our late friend and worship pastor Mark Jones loved to rejoice in God’s goodness. Oftentimes, he could be heard declaring, “God is good all the time and all the time God is good.”
In Psalm 92, the unknown psalmist verbally praises the Lord for His goodness demonstrated through His acts and the righteousness of His character. Bursting at the seams within the lines of this praise psalm, the writer is overjoyed in celebrating the Lord’s divine deliverance and protection.
The psalmist notes that it is appropriate to praise God because of all the good things He has done for us. The Lord is faithful to His Word. He is steadfast in His love for us. The psalmist affirms the singing of songs and playing of musical instruments contribute mightily to the joyful rejoicing that should characterize our praise of His goodness.
The author glories in God’s goodness showered upon him, evidenced by what the Lord has done for him. The writer also praises God’s thoughts, as well as His deeds, revealed to us through the Prophets and Scripture. These revelations of Himself help us remember that God has a plan and aid us in understanding the work He is doing. He is for us; not against us. The psalmist encourages us by observing that the prosperity of the wicked is fleeting and only temporary. In the end, the victory belongs to God. And God, the writer notes, goes on forever.
The storms the psalmist faced did not destroy him but, with the help of the Lord, strengthened him. Sometimes life does give us more than we can handle. God is there to help us through toils and snares if we are willing to depend on Him.
God ensures that the wicked will not live long and prosper but rather be extinguished in the Lake of Fire. The wicked will perish, but the righteous will flourish, producing fruit throughout eternity, in God’s presence.
Because of His righteousness, God is worthy of praise. His righteousness is one of the many things that show us that the Lord indeed is good all the time and that all the time, He is good.
When we reflect on God’s good deeds and His righteous character we can be optimistic during the changes of season we endure in this life. God’s goodness allows us to maintain a proper perspective and continue rejoicing the rest of our days.
The psalmist recognized this, as did our friend Mark.
May the peace of God go with you.
The Devotional Guy™
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.
1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
3 to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
4 For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5 How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!
6 The stupid man cannot know;
the fool cannot understand this:
7 that though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
8 but you, O Lord, are on high forever.
9 For behold, your enemies, O Lord,
for behold, your enemies shall perish;
all evildoers shall be scattered.
10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
you have poured over me fresh oil.
11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to declare that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Beautiful and inspiring!
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