This Psalm gives us great news. Our God is not a stingy, tight-fisted, selfish God; He is a giving, loving, selfless, sacrificing, unconditionally loving God. Our God is a good God and He desires to bring good to each of His children. Now it is important to define good. “Good,” by our definition, would involve a life free of bad things, sad things and evil things. “Good,” by God’s definition means anything that would cause us to be more like Him and teach us to depend upon Him. That is why even in the midst of tragedy and trauma, God can bring something good, something that will benefit us, something He will use in our lives to make us better and stronger. This is a promise from God Himself.
“No good thing” means God will never keep from you anything that will benefit you. But here is the condition, you must walk uprightly. What does that mean? It means to live in holiness: to live a life where you confess your sin and live in God’s grace; you choose to do His will and follow His plan and purpose; and you obey anything He tells you to do.
God is not a God who desires to keep things from you that would help you and make you happy. The world wants to portray God as someone who is basically a cosmic killjoy who gives you a list of do’s and don’ts so you won’t be happy. Nothing could be further from the truth. God wants to bless you, bring joy to you and give you all good things. As you seek to live in the center of God’s will, you can expect God to flood your life with those things that bring real joy. God’s part is to keep His Word and give you every good thing. Your part is to obey Him, follow Him and live in a constant state of readiness to promote Him. If it is good, God wants you to have it.
The ultimate example of God’s goodness came on the day Jesus died on the cross for the sin of the world, also known as, Good Friday.
Daily Do It
Today I want you to meditate on Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. Why on the worst possible day anyone could ever experience, would we call it Good Friday? Jesus was the epitome of One Who obeyed God, yet He died the most horrendous death a person could die. But, Good Friday is not called that because it felt good, but because of what God did through it. It is Good Friday because God ultimately dealt with the sin that separated us from God and would send us to hell. So, the next time something bad happens to you, remember the Good-Friday effect. God may be using something so that good will come out of it.
Quote of the Day
“What is good about Good Friday? Why isn’t it called Bad Friday? Because out of the appallingly bad came what was inexpressibly good. And the good trumps the bad, because though the bad was temporary, the good is eternal.”