Nothing Good Withheld

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will [God] withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Excerpt from Psalm 84KJV)

I had just purchased a brand new computer.  I was frustrated because I couldn’t get the thing to work right.  I had wireless internet and I had a brand new computer, but I still couldn’t access the Internet or check my e-mail.  In an agitated flurry, I put the computer back in the box and took it back to the store.  Surely some device or some cable had been omitted from my computer package.

The “Geek Squad” tested it and politely informed me that all I needed was in the package, but that with the new configurations of a new computer I needed new procedures to access the Internet.  The store had not withheld anything I needed; I just needed to learn how to use it.

When I think of the goodness that seems to be lacking in my life, I am often tempted to believe that for some reason God is holding back and holding out on me.  But in light of my computer experience, the problem may not be God’s lack of provision, but my failure to fully access all that God has provided.  For me, this is the promise of Psalm 84:11—God is not a withholder of anything that is good.  And this is the blessed assurance of goodness in my life—the goodness which has been revealed, and the goodness which is yet to be accessed.

Prayer… Lord, give me the faith to trust in your goodness that I cannot see, and to depend on your provisions that I have not yet realized.  Amen.

–Reflection by Kenneth L. Samuel, from StillSpeaking

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God is Good–all the time, to all people, in every place, and across every generation. Is that complete? Possibly not. But it will do for my presently-limited understanding.

My natural tendency is to think I have to be good for God to be good to me. Other times I think I must be in the right place for him to pour out his blessings on me. Then other times I think that only I am deserving of God’s goodness and wouldn’t mind if he could shower my neighbours with a touch of whatever is the oppostie of his goodness.

(Thank God he doesn’t do whatever I wish . . . )

I remember singing this song so many times at Salisbury Baptist Church that I actually (confession) wish it had never been written. BUT I’m glad it was because it has brought to my mind the infinite goodness of God so many times when otherwise I wouldn’t have been reminded of this truth. As the psalmist writes: “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (Ps 27:13 NIV).

God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good all the time

If you’re walking through the valley
And there are shadows all around
Do not fear, He will guide you
He will keep you safe and sound
‘Cause He’s promised to never leave you
Nor forsake you and His Word is true

We were sinners – so unworthy
Still for us He chose to die
Filled us with His Holy Spirit
Now we can stand and testify
That His love is everlasting
And His mercies – they will never end

Lord I may not understand
All the plans You have for me
My life is in your hands
And through the eyes of faith I can clearly see

God is good all the time. . . .

–God is Good All the Time, by Don Moen

Amen and Amen!

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