Series: Seeing God as he wants you to see him

September 07, 2022
Michael Boyd


Episode Notes

Psalms 145:7-9

Internal battle we face as believers: Will I allow Jesus Christ to be the Master of every area of my life?

Defining God’s Goodness

Dictionary: moral excellence, kindness, generosity, benevolence

In OT, translates the Hebrew words tov and tuv: refers to that quality in God that causes Him to deliver people, bless them and store up future gifts for them

II. How does God reveal His goodness to us?

Through natural blessings
The order and beauty of the world we live in – we often take those things for granted.
Psalm 145 is a hymn of praise that celebrates God’s goodness through his created order
They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145:7-9 (NIV)

Every corner of your world and every part of your day can remind you of God’s goodness if you take the time to look for it

2. Though specific deliverance
Psalm 107 – God rescues us because he is good
He may not respond every time, at least not the way we want Him to
God wants us to turn to him in times of trouble because he longs for us to know him and trust Him.

3. Through his Son

Undeserved goodness He gives to us
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

Promise of future blessings.
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32 (NIV)

His unique role as Creator and Mediator between God the Father and His creation

Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows. In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession. James 1:17-18 (NLT)

III. How are we to respond to God’s goodness?

Repent of our unbelief and ingratitude

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4 (NKJV)

give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

Rest in His goodness when we encounter adversity

Your goodness is so great! You have stored up great blessings for those who honor you. You have done so much for those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues. Psalm 31:19-20 (NLT)

Risk stepping out in faith like never before

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11 (NIV)

Sun = source of energy and power
Shield = protection


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