01/09/2011
Volume 34 Number 2

That’s Good…

“That’s good!” You hear it repeated all the time. When you taste something that makes you palate sing, when your child comes to you, excited because they just found a dandelion, when something goes just right. However, I would like you to sit back and think for a minute—how do you define, “good?” It may mean different things to you depending on what you are going through, whether they are fine times or struggles. Although, I would hope everyone’s definition of “good” would be the same as David’s…

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge that I may tell of all Thy works (Psalms 73:28). NASV

You really need to read the entirety of Psalms 73 to get the intensity of the last line in this Psalm. David starts by saying how God is good to His people, but in the same breath recounts how he almost stumbled. Instead on keeping his eyes on the Lord, David started looking around, listening to others, and becoming envious of what they “seemed” to have. Satan has a way of making envious or hurting hearts look and listen to the wrong things. “Why can’t I do that,” “Why can’t I be like that,” or “Why do they have it so good?” bounces around in our brain and we forget that one of the greatest blessings God gives us is being near. David says, “The nearness of God is my good.” Recognizing God is near and nothing that you are going through can change that fact, gives you peace, hope and true joy that nothing else can give you and nothing can take away.

As if reminding us that the, “Nearness of God,” surpasses all was not enough, David also threw in a bonus nugget of wisdom, “That I may tell of all Thy works.” Don’t let this idea get lost because it is so very important. David is saying his job is to praise God. Why is this so important? The first reason is that God deserves it! The second, is that when we take the time to give the Lord what he deserves, we are reminded of all the things He has done for us and this reinforces the blessing of having Him near.

Lord we praise you for being near us. We praise you for sending your Son to be near us. We praise you for sending your Spirit to live in us, because above all else you are our GOOD!
Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks Church of Christ, Chickasha, OK

 



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