We can’t share about God’s goodness if we don’t see it.
Do you know how God has been good to YOU? Personally?
On any given day, we can see bad things happen around us. We wonder why obstacles aren’t removed or sicknesses aren’t healed.
When we don’t understand what is happening, we can be quick to see only the bad things.
But what if instead of seeing only the bad in our pain, we also look for the good in God’s grace?
Oh, Say Can You See?
It’s happened again. I need to read my daughter’s text to me. But I can’t find my glasses.
I can’t see fine print anymore without my glasses. And I can’t always find my glasses.
I realize people often need reading glasses when they’re older. Yet I didn’t think it would happen to me.
But of course it happened to me.
How often have I misplaced my glasses when I need to read instructions for a recipe? Or when I want to look at a picture someone is showing me on their phone? Or when I’m reading a book to my grandkids?
When I’m not intentional about keeping my glasses with me, I miss out on seeing good things.
Maybe that’s what David was talking about in Psalm 145. Not about reading glasses, per se. (How did they manage without glasses back in the day?)
But about vision.
“The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.”
Put simply, David was saying this:
- Be intentional.
- Look closer.
- Pay attention to the good things that God is doing in your life.
3 Ways to Discover God’s Goodness to You
1. ATTRIBUTE GOOD THINGS TO GOD
When David saw good things happen, he attributed them to his good God. He knew God was full of mercy and grace and love. He knew to look for God’s goodness in creation and all around.
Be specific. When you see good things happen, explainable or mysterious, you, too, can give thanks to God for them.
Perhaps God worked through a person or science or nature to make the good thing happen. It doesn’t matter.
All goodness still originates with God.
Thank him for it.
2. FIND IT TO SHARE IT
I’m glad David shared his words about God’s goodness with those around him, and consequently down to us. We still praise God through many of these same words, thousands of years later.
Sometimes we can miss the hand of God in our busyness. But if we intentionally want to share about God with others, we’ll intentionally look for good things. When we do, we’ll find his sweet fingerprints all over our lives and in the lives of others.
Don’t keep God’s goodness to yourself. Let others know when you see him at work in your life and in their lives.
Grace multiplies when we see it and share it.
3. DOCUMENT TO REMEMBER
Another way to see God’s goodness to you is to keep a record of it. By looking at what he’s done in the past, you can relive it in your memory in the present.
Keep track. David wrote poetry and songs to document the good things he saw God do. You might not write poetry or compose music, but you can set up similar signposts to remember God’s goodness in your life.
Write it down. Make an altar. Take a photo. Practice remembering your own stories with God. God wasn’t only good to those in Bible times; he is good to each of us in this very day.
God is as alive and present now as he ever has been.
Focus on His Goodness
I did eventually find my missing reading glasses. They were on the kitchen counter where I’d last used them. I’ve since learned to stock up on reading glasses from the dollar store. I keep a pair tucked away in several spots around the house.
Likewise, we can keep our goodness glasses handy, too. When we’re having a bad day or need to encourage a friend or just simply want to praise God, put them on.
When we look closer for the good things that God is doing:
- We’ll begin seeing more and more good things.
- We’ll have more peace about the future.
- And we’ll discover our faith is growing deeper and stronger.
By keeping good theology plainly in sight—that the Lord is good to all and his mercy is over all—we will find it easier to give thanks to the Lord and bless his name.
Open your eyes to God’s goodness all around you. It’s there. It’s glorious.
And it’s personal.
How has God been good to YOU lately? Share in the comments.
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