God Is Good! Part 0ne
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
God is Light, God is pure, God is long suffering, God is Peace, God is forever, God is All Powerful, God is al knowing, God Is Good!! Let’s examine Psalm 34:8 together today. It is God’s desire that we all experience (taste) the Lord is Good. What principles do we need to see this happen to us? Let’s begin by reading I Peter 2:1-3
2 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
For a taste of God’s Goodness we must:
I.Lay Aside All Sin A.Ephesians 4:22-24
that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
II.Be Hungry For the Scripture A.Luke 6:21
Blessed are you who hunger now,
For you shall be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now,
For you shall laugh.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God,
“That I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water,
But of hearing the words of the Lord.
My soul faints for Your salvation,
But I hope in Your word.
III.Seek Satisfaction in Growing Grace A.Isaiah 44:3
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring;
27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
C.I Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
God is Good!
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God Is Good part two
Text: Psalms 145:9-11
The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.
10 All Your works shall praise You, O Lord,
And Your saints shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
And talk of Your power
God’s goodness is to all and it is the foundation of anything good in man’s life. God is personally involved from creation until after creation is gone. Before we begin our lesson today let’s review how we experience the goodness of God.
A.Lay aside all sins B.Daily examine the Word of God C.Embrace a commitment to grow in God’s grace
The three key points for today are...
I.God’s creation has His compassion A.God’s compassion is intertwined with everything He does. B.God’s concern is over and on His creation. 1.Colossians 1:17
17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day
10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
10 He sends the springs into the valleys;
They flow among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
They sing among the branches.
13 He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.
14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,
II.God’s Creation Itself Praised Him A.The creation and the creatures of the earth alike praise God 1.Psalms 96:11-12
11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord.
2. Job 37:14-16
14 “Listen to this, O Job;
Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Do you know when God dispatches them,
And causes the light of His cloud to shine?
16 Do you know how the clouds are balanced,
Those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?
19 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
III.God’s redeemed man also praises Him A.Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. 1.Exodus 15:2
The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
21 He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.
15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Conclusion: As you look at God’s creation are you taking time to see His goodness and praise Him?
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Sermon “God is Good” part three
Text: Lamentations 3:25-27
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man to bear
The yoke in his youth.
Introduction – Jeremiah the weeping prophet, obeyed, toiled, and faithfully served God but saw so little results. He remained usable to God even as his heart was breaking for disobedient Jerusalem. How can we see God’s goodness when we are not seeing great results? In verse 25 Jeremiah writes, “the Lord is good to those who wait for Him…” Does God know just how hard that is? Of course He does, but His goodness encompasses everything about His family, the doing and the waiting. We must remember only God can bring on the results! Let us learn how to wait today: As we are waiting,
I.Don’t let the Pain Destroy our Perseverance
19 Remember my affliction and roaming,
The wormwood and the gall.
20 My soul still remembers
And sinks within me.
A.Acknowledge life’s suffering but do not let it be your focus!!!! B.Remembering pain should result in humbleness not bitterness C.Hebrews 6:10-12
10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
II.Don’t Let Waiting Weaken ones Anticipation (Hope)
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
A.God is always looking to help seeking man (waiting with hope)
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
1 Timothy 2:3-4
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
B.Waiting for 1. Instruction – staying quiet so we can hear Him 2. Inspiration – Hope founded on the supernatural 3. Indwelling – salvation is not only having God’s forgiveness but also having His Spirit within us! III. Don’t Let Complaining Drown out your Worship
Lamentations 3: 39-41
39 Why should a living man complain,
A man for the punishment of his sins?
40 Let us search out and examine our ways,
And turn back to the Lord;
41 Let us lift our hearts and hands
To God in heaven.
A.Stop Complaining B.Guard against self-pity C.Actively participate in praise (worship)
Conclusion – “the Lord is good to those who wait on Him…”
Are we being patient?