The Lens of God's Goodness

“Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:65-68

In this passage, the psalmist is asking God to teach him. He wants to know God’s direction. He wants to understand God’s decrees.

We are blessed beyond measure because we have God’s Word written down for us. We can open the Bible every day. We can read and study it. We can be taught by the Lord’s own words.

It is also interesting how this writer looks at affliction. He is not complaining. He’s not upset with God because of some things he faced. The writer acknowledged that what he experienced helped him to be brought back. He was going astray, veering off God’s path. But the troubles that came helped him to align with what God wanted. He then obeyed God’s Word. If we look at everything we experience through the lens of God’s goodness, we will understand that it is His desire to help us become who He wants us to be. We can then join this writer in saying, “You are good and what You do is good.”

Lord God, You are good and I know that everything You do in my life is to help me become who You want me to be. Help me to always trust You.


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