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Putting God's Word into Practice…

Abundant Goodness, Steadfast Love, Undeserved Mercy

on January 9, 2015

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. (Psalm 31:19)

If we want to experience God’s lavish, extravagant, abundant goodness, we must run to Him when we are faced with trouble. To fear the Lord means to trust Him whole-heartedly and to stand in awe of His greatness.   It’s important to note that those who fear the Lord are not exempt from trouble, but have a refuge strong and sure; a good God who supports, protects and shelters them.

Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.  I had said in my alarm (panic, haste), “I am cut off from your sight.” BUT YOU heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help. (Psalm 31:21-22)

David was under attack and his initial response was based on dread, distrust, deception, and disappointment.  (I feel you, David!)  But when David responded correctly with a plea for mercy and a cry for help; GOD HEARD! The Lord knows we are made of flesh–that we are weak-willed and self-trusting.  Yet, He quickly reveals His steadfast love and undeserved mercy when we call for help.

Is there a trial you are facing that you haven’t called out to God for help?  He will hear your plea. He will mercifully shelter you, lavish goodness on you, and show His steadfast love to you.

If you have experienced the steadfast love of the Lord, have you praised Him for it?

Have you encouraged others with His abundant goodness and steadfast love?  Verses 23-24 say, “Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!”

Isn’t it interesting that we have to remind each other to love the Lord?  Trials and attacks can be overwhelming.  Disappointment that evil seems to be winning can take root in our hearts.  Fear can be blinding.  Sometimes we miss–overlook–God’s goodness, love and mercy.  The next thing we know, we are wallowing instead of worshiping; grumbling instead of grateful; fearful instead of free; listing off our grievances instead of loving. LOVE THE LORD for His goodness and for his justice.  BE FAITHFUL!  BE HUMBLE! BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS! BE HOPEFUL!

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