1 Chronicles 16:34 (ESV) — Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
“He’s a good guy.”
“They’re good people.”
These are a few phrases most of us have used at some point or another. They capture our opinions about the character and integrity of those we’re talking about. Often a statement like this is made after meeting someone or spending time with someone.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grabbed coffee or lunch with someone or heard someone else on our church staff do the same, and get back to tell everyone, “John Smith is such a good dude.” We like good people. But what does it mean that God is good? We often call people good people who are less than good. In fact, the Bible says that no one is truly good except God (Mark 10:18).
In our passage today, we see this exhortation to give thanks to the Lord. The reasoning for this praise or prayer of thanks is because He is good and His steadfast love endures forever. I want to focus in on the statement that He is good. What does it mean that God is good? The goodness of God is the overflowing generosity of God to all His creation. The fascinating thing about God’s giving nature is that He receives nothing in return and lacks nothing as a result of it. God’s generosity flows from His being. It flows from His goodness.
God is good. His goodness doesn’t fluctuate. The goodness of God is an essential aspect of His divine character.
Doesn’t each of us have just cause to give thanks for that? What do we have in our lives that isn’t from God? He is good to us in so many ways, but most importantly than all, by reconciling us to Himself through our Savior Jesus.
Reflection & Journal:
How is God’s goodness different than human goodness?
What are some specific ways God has demonstrated His goodness in your life?
What does a life of thanksgiving look like from people who comprehend God’s goodness?