Our All-Good God

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

As we reflect on a year past and look forward to a new year ahead, I can’t help but think about the goodness of our God.  I think that this prayer from a Puritan says a lot about the goodness of our God.

“MY GOD,

Thou has helped me to see,

that whatever good be in honour and rejoicing,

how good is he who gives them, and can withdraw them;

that blessedness does not lie so much

in receiving good from and in thee, but

in holding forth thy glory and virtue:

that it is an amazing thing

to see Deity in a creature, speaking, acting,

filling, shining through it;

that nothing is good but thee,

that I am near good when I am near thee,

that to be like thee is a glorious thing:

This is my magnet, my attraction.

 

Thou art all my good in times of peace,

my only support in days of trouble,

my one sufficiency when life shall end.

Help me to see how good thy will is in all,

and even when it crosses mine

teach me to be pleased with it.

Grant me to feel thee in fire, and food and every providence,

and to see that thy many gifts and creatures

are but thy hands and fingers taking hold of me.

Thou bottomless fountain of all good,

I give myself to thee out of love,

for all I have or own is thine,

my goods, family, church, self,

to do with as thou wilt,

to honour thyself by me, and by all mine.

If it be consistent with thy eternal counsels,

the purpose of thy grace,

and the great ends of thy glory,

then bestow upon me the blessings of thy comforts;

If not, let me resign myself to thy wiser determinations.”

 

May we trust Him this year like never before because He is good!