30 Days of Thanks & Praise! Day #12 God is Good and He Does it Good (Psalm 119:68)
God is Good and He Does it Good (Psalm 119:68)
Psalm 119:68, “Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.”
“The center of God's will is our only safety”, Betsy Ten Boom. How do you feel about the goodness of God when you are facing a particularly difficult time? George Mueller's response was quite amazing. Mueller's wife, Mary, died of rheumatic fever on February 6, 1870. They had been married 39 years and four months. He was 64 years old. Shortly after the funeral, he was strong enough to preach a "funeral sermon" as he called it. What text would he choose when God had taken his beloved? He chose Psalm 119:68, " Thou art good, and doest good."
His three points were:
Under this third point, he recounts how he prayed for her during her illness: "Yes, my Father, the times of my darling wife are in Thy hands. Thou wilt do the very best thing for her and for me, whether life or death. If it may be, raise up yet again my precious wife. Thou art able to do it, though she is so ill; but howsoever Thou dealest with me, only help me to continue to be perfectly satisfied with Thy holy will." This is an amazing prayer from an amazing man. And yet, he would stand before you even today and say that he was only an ordinary man with an extraordinary God. You have the same God who will help you. Go to Him when you need strength.
1. The Person for the teacher. "…Thou…".
2. The Prerequisite for a teacher. "…Thou art good, and doest good…"
3. The Praise for the teacher. "…Thou art good, and doest good…"
The psalmist has repeated his request to be taught. He is fervent about being taught. Such an attitude will greatly help the learning process of the student. Ask God to teach you His Word. Witnessing God’s goodness to him through his suffering inspired the psalmist to long for more instruction from the Lord. He asked God to continue teaching him His Word.
The psalmist confessed his faith in the holy character of the Lord. Even though he was suffering intense persecution, he reemphasized the fact that God is good and that everything He does is good. Notice again that he did not blame, question, or doubt the Lord. Experiencing God’s goodness through his affliction actually reinforced the fact that God has a purpose for everything He permits to enter our lives. Every affliction, every challenge, and every trial—even persecution is an opportunity for God to reveal His goodness to us. David proclaimed, “Thou art good, and doest good...” God is good! And He does that which is good! Therefore, David prayed, “..:teach me thy statutes.” David appealed for God to teach him. If David, the man after God’s own heart, the sweet psalmist of Israel, and God’s anointed, needed God to teach him, how much more do we?
The psalmist wanted to know the right way - God's way. Many seeking knowledge never show interest in learning this knowledge which is far more important than all the other subjects man pursue. What can I say to this but You are good, and do good? What may I not then expect from You? Teach me Your statutes. Teach me the Revelation of Yourself. Teach me the knowledge of Your Son. For this is life eternal, that I might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Prayer: Lord, give me discernment and knowledge that I might walk in Your truth, following Your ways. Make me free from sin through obedience to Your Word. Use the trials and afflictions that certainly come to draw me back to the precepts and principles that should guide my life, correcting behavior and attitudes that are contrary to Your way.
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