May 1, 2018
Psalm 98:1-4…”O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.” vs. 1
Periodically, in the context of sharing news about the latest happenings in their lives, people will say “God is good.” By that, they generally mean that life is going well, that there has been healing or reconciliation. Maybe they’ve gotten a good job or gotten an unexpected financial windfall. The implication is that God has smiled on them and perhaps answered their prayers. That’s a natural reaction for believers. By faith, we know God is involved in all aspects of every day and when good stuff happens, we’re should be glad to give God the credit. Certainly that’s how the psalmist was feeling as he composed this song of praise. We don’t know the circumstances, it could very well have been in response to a victory over Israel’s enemies. In any case, his mood is ebullient–it’s been a happy day. His admonition is a reminder to us that it’s okay to be joyful as we move through the seasons of life. Obviously, not every day will bring joy; there are many times when feelings of sadness are perfectly appropriate. But when the tide turns our way and benefits accrue, there’s no point in holding back on the exuberance. It’s an honest way to live, and when we can remember to give God the glory, the blessings will even seem to multiply.
Thought for the Day: When am I likely to say, “God is good!”?