A Study in the Book of Psalms-Lesson Three: January 21, 2018 Written by: Chad Moore
Title: God is Good
Scripture: Psalm 145
Lesson Goal: To learn that God always has been and always will be infinitely good; and learn that any of the good we have comes from God.
Introduction: “God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.” This is a saying that we sometimes say around here to each other. It is a catchy phrase of words. It is easy to say and shout. But do we really believe these words? Are these words fulfilled and lived out in our lives? As we study this lesson today, it is my prayer that we, not only believe this saying, but that we live it out and truly experience the “Goodness of God.”
In Psalm 145, David exposes God’s identity and gives many reasons why God is good and why He deserves our praise. God’s goodness is everywhere and we can be thankful for having such a wonderful God.
Please fill out the chart below by recording everything you learn in Psalm 145 about who God is, what He does, and how God is good.
Rules over all generations
He will hear and save
Mighty acts and wonderful
Psalm 145 shows us God’s unsearchable riches. This Psalm is filled with the greatness of God, the goodness of God, the glory of God, and many more wonderful truths about God. As you can see from the previous chart, this Psalm is filled with many wonderful truths of who and what God is. For time sake, we will focus our attention for the next few minutes on God’s goodness.
I love what Dr. Max Lucado says about God’s goodness, “God’s goodness is a major headline in the Bible! Psalm 34:8 says, ‘Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!’ The heart of God is unblemished. If God were only mighty, we would salute him. But since He is merciful and mighty, we can approach Him. No wonder the psalmist invited, “Taste and see that the LORD is good.”
Please take just a moment and think back on God’s goodness in your life. The times when you have lived for God, tried to honor Him, and trust Him and how His goodness was displayed in your life. Please list some ex- amples of God’s goodness in your life.
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According to verse 3, who can fathom God’s goodness and greatness? It is very clear, no one! Wow. We can and should testify to God’s goodness in our lives, to God’s greatness. But the truth is, His goodness is endless. Think of that for a moment. We cannot really define His goodness and greatness because according to scrip- ture, it is unsearchable!
I want to give you some practical truths that you can lean on as you continue to think of God’s goodness. First of all, because of God’s goodness, we can trust Him. God is a trustworthy God! You have a God who can be counted on. A God that will NEVER fail you, let you down, or turn His back on you! What a God!
Please read the following passages: Nahum 1:7, Psalm 86:5-7, Psalm 20:7, and Psalm 145:15-16.
Name a time in your life, when everything in your life was upside down, but you trusted God and He was faithful. _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________
Secondly, because of God’s goodness, we should be forever thankful and worship Him. In verse 19, it tells us that God will hear our cry and save us! He will save us eternally. That is a promise that only the God of crea- tion can make and keep! If we are truly thankful for God’s salvation, that should lead us to true worship. Verse 21 states, “my mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless His holy name forever and ever.” When is the last time you have stopped and let your mouth speak the praise of the Lord? Please take a moment and reflect and openly praise God for His goodness in your life.
Lastly, we should want to reflect goodness to others because of God’s goodness in our lives. 1 Timothy 6:18 tells us that we should be “rich in good works” and “ready to communicate” all that God has done. Does your life reflect goodness? Does being a follower of Christ make a difference in your daily life? It should! And I pray that when we begin to think on God’s goodness and realize all that He has done for us it will affect the way we live and be a reflection to others!
God is so Good
God is so good, God is so good, God is so good, He’s so good to me!
He cares for me, He cares for me, He cares for me, He’s so good to me!
I love Him so,
I love Him so,
I love Him so, He’s so good to me!
I praise His Name, I praise His Name, I praise His Name, He’s so good to me!