God’s Goodness!

29 Oct

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

According to the Strong’s Concordance fainted means to be insane, to languish from the exhaustion of frenzy, to be mad.
Has this every described the way your heart has felt? Perhaps these feelings have come from the pressures and strains from day to day activities, or maybe a trial that God is using to refine you, or a hardship that you must seemingly bear all alone?
In this chapter, David reveals just a little of what was going on in his life. The wicked wanted him consumed; war was rising; perhaps his father and mother had forsaken him; false witnesses were rising against him; there were others that were breathing out their cruelty towards him. Could you imagine yourself in his shoes? How would you feel? What thoughts would be swimming through your head?
David acknowledges that he would have fainted (gone mad, relinquished) if he had not believed (1) to see the goodness (2) of the Lord. Notice that he doesn’t say he saw God’s goodness coming or that is was even before him. Absolutely not. Rather, he made the conscious effort to believe and trust that God in His faithfulness would surely bring forth His goodness, in His timing. One day it would come; one day he would see it; one day he would be basking in the glory of His goodness.
He knew it would be a goodness that would bring his heart gladness and joy. A goodness that would be the best for him, his welfare, and his testimony. He believed to see that one day, it would go well with him. He trusted that God’s goodness would bring beauty for ashes. He believed to the acknowledging that God’s goodness far outweighs that of any earthly pleasure and His goodness has no end. Nothing could ever measure the depth of God’s goodness. Ultimately, it is the best flowing through us for His utmost – beyond all comprehension, inconceivable in thought.
But David chose to believe this. He put on his shoes of faith and started walking, though blindly. He couldn’t see what lie ahead. He didn’t know if his enemies would give him rest. He knew, however, of a certainty that he would have the grace for anything because he believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land on the living.
What do you see? Are you just about to faint or are you believing to see the goodness of God? Lift up your eyes and behold the cross. God’s goodness is waiting to be poured forth. Just wait on Him and be of good courage!Definitions from Strong’s Concordance:
1. Believed: to trust, be faithful (of long continuance, steadfast, sure, verified), to build up, to foster, to be true
2. Goodness: good in the widest sense, the best, beauty, gladness, joy, go well with.
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6 Responses to “God’s Goodness!”

  1. Heather October 30, 2007 at 1:21 am #

    What a powerful truth! All we must do is believe, and the Lord is faithful to fufill His word ~ we shall see His goodness! May He be praised!

  2. Heather October 30, 2007 at 11:35 am #

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  3. Robin October 30, 2007 at 6:00 pm #

    I’m enjoying all the new posts! I haven’t been on in a while. 🙂 Are those flowers your pictures? They’re beautiful!

  4. Under Southern Skies October 31, 2007 at 2:38 pm #

    Beautiful photo! Although I really like this time of year I already miss the Spring and flowers…:) Wonderful post. You have such a lovely blog!

  5. Rachel Marie October 31, 2007 at 5:26 pm #

    Ultimately, it is the best flowing through us for His utmost – beyond all comprehension, inconceivable in thought.
    But David chose to believe this. He put on his shoes of faith and started walking, though blindly. He couldn’t see what lie ahead. He didn’t know if his enemies would give him rest. He knew, however, of a certainty that he would have the grace for anything because he believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land on the living.

    AMEN!
    Beautiful, blessed post! Thanks for being an encouragement! Loved the photography too, btw. 🙂
    The Lord bless you, Sara!!!

  6. A HEART OF PRAISE November 1, 2007 at 5:40 pm #

    You have been an encouragement to me! 🙂 Thank you for posting this!
    Beautiful pictures as well. 🙂

    Blessings in Christ,
    Emily 🙂

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