I love the language of Psalms. They are honest and raw, and yet full of beautiful praise. In Psalm 31, we see David work his way through the full range of emotions. In verse 9, he’s in distress. In verse 12, he’s been forgotten by everyone as if he was dead. He blesses the Lord and proclaims His covenant love in verse 21 and exhorts others to love the Lord in verse 23.
In the context of “terror on every side” (verse 13) and a desperate need for rescue, we find these words describing God’s goodness:
“Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!” (Psalm 31:19)
First, David says that God’s goodness is abundant. One day when I was in the abyss of potty training a toddler, I put clothes in the laundry room sink to soak and forgot to turn off the faucet. I learned how quickly abundant water spreads throughout a room! God’s goodness is abundant and overflowing. It never runs out. It rushes into every corner of our lives and covers every inch.
David also tells us that God’s goodness is stored up for us. We don’t use up God’s goodness on our first day as His child. There are storehouses full of His abundant goodness that will never be emptied.
And God’s goodness is at work in our lives. God’s goodness isn’t just a nice theoretical idea. God’s goodness takes action. He works for our good and His glory in all the circumstances of our lives (Romans 8:28).
Because of God’s abundant goodness, we can commit our days to Him (Psalm 31:5, 15). We can trust in Him (Psalm 31:14). We can be strong and have courage as we wait for the Lord (Psalm 31:24).
No matter what you face this week, take refuge in God’s abundant goodness.
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