You are good, and You do what is good; teach me Your statutes. – (Psalm 119:68, HCSB)
You are good, and You do good things. Teach me Your laws. – (Psalm 119:68, ERV)
You are good, and the Source of good; train me in Your goodness. – (Psalm 119:68, MSG)
You are truly good, and Your acts are too; teach me what You require. – (Psalm 119:68, VOICE)
Because God is good, what He requires is also good. In our broken humanity, good is not always what comes naturally. Instead, we must invest time with God and read His word to grow in our understanding and listen as He reveals more of His heart to us. For the last eleven plus years, I have invested the start of each day into spending time in God’s word and in prayer. What I have learned and continue to learn is the importance of loving God and loving people. The more I spend time with Him, the more He reveals His heart for all of humanity. At the end of the day, what matters most is am I loving Him and loving those around me. He shows willing hearts how to love as He loves, and the process is one that takes a lifetime. No one ever arrives. We all have an ongoing need to learn and grow to become more like Him. May we ever seek the Lord in His goodness and love, so that we may continue to learn what He requires of us to live and love well.
The goodness of God,
Truth that shall remain;
All that the Lord does,
Shows His love explained.
It is up to us,
To choose seek the Lord;
And as we do so,
His grace is outpoured.
He shows us the way,
To live as He asks;
In all things, choose love,
Not a list of tasks.
So, choose to seek Him,
Spend time in His word;
In love, He’ll lead us,
Making His heart heard.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are good and all of Your ways are good. Thank You that as we seek You, You show us how to live and love as You intended. Thank You that it is an ongoing process. Thank You that we are a work in progress. Forgive us for neglecting to seek You to lead us. Teach us the value of investing time each day with You. Show us Your heart for us and for those around us. Lead us to love as You love. May many come to see and know how good You are and choose a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to lead us, grow us and transform us to be more like You in how we live and love each day. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8