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God's Goodness

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Giving witness of God's goodness in every situation

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Sermon Message: God’s Goodness

Columnist Herb Caen writes in the San Francisco Chronicle, “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
Spurgeon writes likewise, “If you are not seeking the Lord, the Devil is seeking you. If you are not seeking the Lord, judgment is at your heels.”
In the Christian life, it’s not enough simply to wake up. We are called to run, to become more like Christ, to press ahead in godliness.
We must heed to the warning from , “The danger of apostasy, of withdrawing from Christ:
warning if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the truth
there will be a certainty of a greater punishment because it tramples God’s Son under foot, and counts the blood of Christ as unholy, and scorning the Holy Spirit.
there will be a certainty of a greater punishment because it tramples God’s Son under foot, and counts the blood of Christ as unholy, and scorning the Holy Spirit.Thus, God is the judge, we know Him and what He can doHe shall judge His peoplethat’s a terrifying thing
Thus, God is the judge, we know Him and what He can do
He shall judge His people
that’s a terrifying thing
            “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God"

Defining God’s Goodness: —a perfection of his character which he exercises towards his creatures according to their various circumstances and relations (, ; ; ).

Goodness of God—a perfection of his character which he exercises towards his creatures according to their various circumstances and relations (, ; ; ). Viewed generally, it is benevolence; as exercised with respect to the miseries of his creatures it is mercy, pity, compassion, and in the case of impenitent sinners, long-suffering patience; as exercised in communicating favour on the unworthy it is grace. 
Viewed generally, it is benevolence; as exercised with respect to the miseries of his creatures it is mercy, pity, compassion, and in the case of impenitent sinners, long-suffering patience; as exercised in communicating favour on the unworthy it is grace. 
“Goodness and justice are the several aspects of one unchangeable, infinitely wise, and sovereign moral perfection.God is not sometimes merciful and sometimes just, but he is eternally infinitely just and merciful.” God is infinitely and unchangeably good (), and his goodness is incomprehensible by the finite mind (, ). “God’s goodness appears in two things, giving and forgiving.”
Therefore, we must be fearful in situations: (34:1-22) Introduction: uncontrolled emotions are a powerful influence over our behavior. When consumed with misdirected zeal, anger, jealously, fear, or some other strong feeling, we tend to make rash decisions and act foolishly. For this reason and others, Scripture frequently stresses the importance of self-control.
Goodness of God—a perfection of his character which he exercises towards his creatures according to their various circumstances and relations (, ; ; ).

(34:8-10) Invite others to taste God’s goodness. a. Trust—take refuge—in Him and you will be blessed (v. 8)b. Fear Him and you will have all you need (v. 9).c. Seek Him and you will lack no good thing: Contrast lions that sometimes suffer hunger (v. 10).(; ;; ; )

David enjoyed God’s goodness in many ways throughout his young life. Even while Saul relentlessly pursued him, the Lord showered David with blessing after blessing. Knowing that the Lord never disappoints, he invited all to experience the kindness of God for themselves. David was not suggesting that we sample the Lord’s goodness to see if we like it; rather, he was imploring us to take every action necessary to receive all that God promises to those who seek Him. In doing so, we will see for ourselves that God is truly good.
David enjoyed God’s goodness in many ways throughout his young life. Even while Saul relentlessly pursued him, the Lord showered David with blessing after blessing. Knowing that the Lord never disappoints, he invited all to experience the kindness of God for themselves. David was not suggesting that we sample the Lord’s goodness to see if we like it; rather, he was imploring us to take every action necessary to receive all that God promises to those who seek Him. In doing so, we will see for ourselves that God is truly good.
a. Trust—take refuge—in Him and you will be blessed (v. 8).
If we want to receive God’s abundant goodness, we must first trust Him. Trust means to flee for protection or take refuge. David makes a promise that is based on God’s character, His Holy Word, and the experiences of his own life: all who run to the Lord for refuge will be blessed (See Deeper Study #1— for discussion).
b. Fear Him and you will have all you need (v. 9).
Second, if we want to receive God’s abundant goodness, we must fear Him. The person who truly fears the Lord shows reverence to Him and obeys Him because of who He is (See outline and notes— for more discussion). When we fear the Lord, He promises to provide everything we need.
c. Seek Him and you will lack no good thing: Contrast lions that sometimes suffer hunger (v. 10).
Third, to receive God’s bountiful blessings, we must seek the Lord. As he tended to his father’s flocks and roamed the wilderness to escape Saul, David became familiar with the restless whine of hungry lions. Even the most noble of beasts, surviving off the creatures beneath him, sometimes grows weak and famished. But those who seek the Lord will lack no good thing.
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” ().
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” ().
“If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious” ().
“My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips” ().
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” ().
“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” ().

Remember: If we wish to taste the goodness of the Lord for ourselves, we must trust Him. We must fear and seek Him.

rusting or taking refuge in Him points to the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ, the salvation that He freely offers in His finished work on Calvary.
Trusting or taking refuge in Him points to the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ, the salvation that He freely offers in His finished work on Calvary.
As sinners, we face God’s judgment—eternal separation from Him in hell. Our only hope is to flee to Christ for refuge and fully trust in His atoning blood to save us from God’s wrath. When we turn to Christ in true repentance and faith, we receive forgiveness of sin. We are reconciled with God and receive eternal life.
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