Gifts of Humility

31 05 2012

Psalms 119:71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.

  •  Good:  a good thing, pleasant, beneficial
  • Afflicted:  to depress (bring down); to humble;
  • Statutes:  appointments, decrees, laws; refers to the written law, including the moral law written upon our consciences

Humility and trials are the best teachers because they bring not only an introduction but the actual “hands on” application type experience that gets permanently written upon our minds. Repetition is the mother of all learning, so we should not be surprised to have to endure ALOT of hands on learning opportunities from our Heavenly Teacher.

If I return again to the idea of raising children, I can’t help but wonder that if I have a child who is struggling repeatedly with disobedience, perhaps a gift of humility is appropriate.  It is counter-intuitive to all that the world tells us makes good parenting, as we are told to build self-esteem and self-confidence.  But, I suspect that those things only produce a selfish child, not an obedient one.  Even in the church today, parents are encouraged more toward grace and mercy than toward discipline and punishment. Not that grace and mercy are bad things (they aren’t!), but I suspect that when they are off balanced without discipline and punishment that they too produce a selfish child who assumes he deserves it only what seems good to him.

And maybe, that is why we read the Old Testament and are shocked by God’s judgments.  So many of them seem wildly strong and humiliating.  Pharaoh, for example, who was repeatedly humiliated until completely destroyed by it.  Pride is not a dog that can be cuddled into submission.  It must be beaten, and beaten again and again.  Peter is another example.  When Jesus said, “Get behind me, Satan” to Peter in the company of all his peers, it must have been terribly humiliating, especially on the heels of Jesus’ high praise.  And Jesus is, as always, our example:  build up the good; tear down the bad, even if it stings in the process.  Love AND truth.  Love AND discipline.

Oh, how we HATE gifts of humility!  They sting like nothing else, don’t they?  And how often I respond to them just like the selfish child:  I whine and blame God for not treating me better.  Wow.  Faith has a tendency to go right out the window when a “lesson” isn’t what I think it should be!  If God says that He will not withhold good from me and that all things work together for my good, then who am I to distrust Him just because I happen to find myself sucking a little of the ground when my face hits it?  Faith would trust His love enough to know that it was for a good purpose.  Faith would stop the pity party and seek Him so that the lessons isn’t wasted.

What are some gifts of humility?  Well, some of my own recent ones have included:

  • opening my big mouth to say something that hurt someone else in front of people who knew I knew better
  • having someone spread rumors about me that were untrue
  • being too sick to do something I promised I’d do
  • being called on the carpet about saying one thing and doing another
  • gaining five pounds when it is swimsuit season
  • not having something I did acknowledged
  • insomnia
  • hot flashes

Need I go on?  Anything… ANYTHING that knocks me down a peg or two and reminds me that I am weak and in need of a Savior is a gift of humility.  Some are big and some are small, but they are lessons nonetheless.

The psalmist could say “It is good and beneficial for me to experience gifts of humility because through them I learn the importance of obeyingYou and the the faithfulness with which You teach me” because he trusted the God who loved him more than he trusted his own feelings about his circumstances.

  • How can one comfort another with the comfort received from the God of all comfort, if he has never had to experience it?
  •  How can one tell another of the importance of repentance if that person has never experienced the affliction of consequences due his sin, and then the wonderful healing as a result of repenting?

It is the one who has received much forgiveness from the Lord that loves much, not the one that receives the most forgiveness from his mom.

Affliction is good for me and produces good learning.  Humility builds obedience, while pride tears it down.  Gifts of humility are good for me, and I need to constantly embrace them as a study tool to build a closer relationship to the Lord through obedience.  And did I not give God permission to teach me?  (verse 66)  Why would I doubt His methods?

These we have come to know and to keep by feeling the smart of the rod. We prayed the Lord to teach us (Ps 119:66), and now we see how he has already been doing it. Truly he has dealt well with us, for he has dealt wisely with us. We have been kept from the ignorance of the greasy hearted by our trials, and this, if there were nothing else, is just cause for constant gratitude. To be larded by prosperity, is not good for the proud; but for the truth to be learned by adversity is good for the humble. Very little is to be learned without affliction. If we would be scholars we must be sufferers. As the Latins say, “Experientia docet”, experience teaches. There is no royal road to learning the royal statutes; God’s commands are best read by eyes wet with tears. — C. H. Spurgeon

Lord, I am not a big fan of gifts of humility.  The sting of them often makes me reel in doubt and fear; but, I trust You.  I choose to look to the God who Loves me and not at myself.  You suffered humility beyond anything I’ll ever know, just to save me and redeem me.  You know what it is like, and, therefore, You can comfort and encourage me to learn from it.  The more gifts of humility, the less likely I am to raise myself above You.  So, thank You for Your faithfulness to afflict me as is necessary.  Thank You for loving me through them, even when I throw my temper tantrums and pity parties.  Have Your way in me, Lord… and I again give you permission to teach me, even with gifts of humility.


The Danger of A Fatty Heart

30 05 2012

Psalms 119:70 Their heart is covered with fat, But I delight in Your law.

In the previous verse the psalmist shared the problem he had with the arrogant who were trying everything they could in order to get lies to stick to him.  In this verse the psalmist lets us know the root of the arrogant’s issues with him:  their heart is covered with fat.  In the weight conscious world we live in, we often think of fat as a bad thing and find it somewhat repulsive.  But, in the Old Testament thinking, fat is often used to represent the finest or best part of something.  We see in Leviticus that all the fat belongs to the Lord (Leviticus 3:16) and is to be burnt on the altar to the Lord, not consumed.  And so, what the psalmist is telling us is that the arrogant have filled themselves full and have no room left for the Lord.

My heart is a lean heart, a hungry heart, my soul loveth and rejoiceth in thy word. I have nothing else to fill it but thy word, and the comforts I have from it; but their hearts are fat hearts: fat with the world, fat with lust: they hate the word. As a full stomach loatheth meat and cannot digest it; so wicked men hate the word, it will not go down with them, it will not gratify their lusts. –William Fenner.

Psalm 17:10 They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly. (KJV)

I can’t help but think of the way we raise our kids in America.  We give them the finest things because we love them and didn’t want them to do without, as we did.  And, we don’t just give them nice things, we give them the best of our time and energy.  We pour our lives into them.  But, is this all to their benefit?  I’m afraid that all it has done is cover their heart with fat so that they are prideful and arrogant, somehow thinking that their pleasure ought to be everyone’s primary goal.  We have raised a generation of selfish, self-centered pleasure cravers.  Without realizing it, we stunted their spiritual growth by giving them too much so that there was never any need to seek God.   The psalmist experienced this first hand.  He gave much to his son Absalom and was repaid by his desire to overthrow his father’s kingdom.

That’s not to say that as parents we should deliberately withhold things from our kids, but maybe if we put a little more thought into what we do give, we’d be less apt to build fatty hearts.  And that thought process probably ought to begin with how we deal with our fat issues.  Fat parents are more likely to have fat children.  When we put our trust in all the good things the world has to offer, we grow fatter.  Leanness of heart comes with a daily diet of God’s Truth and the exercise of it in a daily life.

No one who loves holiness has the slightest cause to envy the prosperity of the worldling. Delight in the law elevates and ennobles, while carnal pleasure clogs the intellect and degrades the affections. There is and always ought to be a vivid contrast between the believer and the sensualist, and that contrast is as much seen in the affections of the heart as in the actions of the life: their heart is as fat as grease, and our heart is delighted with the law of the Lord. Our delights are a better test of our character than anything else: as a man’s heart is, so is the man. David oiled the wheels of life with his delight in God’s law, and not with the fat of sensuality. He had his relishes and dainties, his festivals and delights, and all these he found in doing the will of the Lord his God. When law becomes delight, obedience is bliss. Holiness in the heart causes the soul to eat the fat of the land. — C. H. Spurgeon

The prideful find delight in the choice things of the world, and it makes their heart fat, and their morality small.  The godly find their delight in the Law of the Lord, which when exercised in obedience produces a lean, holy machine capable of withstanding anything the world throws at it.

Oh, Lord God, remove my dependence on the good things of the world to make myself feel stronger and better.  Fill me with Your word, giving me a hunger for it so that I won’t fill up on the things that just make my heart fatty and spiritually unhealthy.  Give me Your Spirit so that I will exercise Your Truth, moment by moment, and not grow lazy with disobedience.  And help me to stop being a fat-layer in the lives of others.  Change my perspective so that I not only accept the truth that affliction is good for me and keeps me from straying, but that it is also good for those I love.




Lies Don’t Need to Stick

29 05 2012

Psalms 119:69 The arrogant have forged a lie against me; With all my heart I will observe Your precepts.

The psalmist sandwiches the issue that is bothering him between the truth of God, where it belongs.  Our troubles ought never to have precedence over anything, otherwise we follow them down a path of destruction.  Nor should they bring up our rear, as if they are dogs nipping at our back side driving us toward depression and discouragement.  Properly placed, issues seem less intimidating (and, in truth, they are).  We will never be overwhelmed by troubles that are compared to the goodness and good work of God Himself in us, around us, for us, and through us.

The psalmist’s trouble comes once again from the mouths of the prideful.  Verse 51 spoke of the way they mocked him with great disrespect.  Later on, we’ll see that their lie is not accidental but a purposeful attempt to pervert him through their deceit.  The arrogant are naturally the enemies of the righteous.

  •  Ps 119:21  You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed, Who wander from Your commandments.
  •  Ps 119:51  The arrogant utterly deride me, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
  •  Ps 119:78  May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie; But I shall meditate on Your precepts.
  •  Ps 119:85  The arrogant have dug pits for me, Men who are not in accord with Your law.
  •  Ps 119:122 Be surety for Your servant for good; Do not let the arrogant oppress me.

Those who move forward in humility and service to God alone will always find opposition from the prideful, both in the church and without.  Humility automatically sets itself at odds with the arrogant:   Joseph experienced the barbs of the arrogant at the mouth of Potiphar’s wife who falsely accused him.  Daniel experienced them through the “wise men” who set him up as subversive to the King’s command.    Moses too experiened it through his own people who continually cast doubt on his ability and authority to lead them.  Jesus is the best example of the war between the arrogant and the Godly.  His very existence was a burr under the saddle of the religious elite of His day.

The primary weapon of the arrogant is deceit and its target is always those bowed humbly before God.  Those who are prepared for the assault will be better able to fight it.

  • Forge:  to stick on as a patch; to impute falsely.
  •  Lie:  an untruth; a sham

Do we not see the same tactic being circulated pervasively throughout our culture today?  Born again believers are continually being portrayed as radical, violent, bigoted, uncontrollable hot heads who are secretly harboring all sorts of perverted activities.  Good is called bad and bad is called good, and the lies are circulated so often that it gets harder and harder to discern which is which.

The psalmist’s return fire was to continue to live obediently to God.  We act out of our beliefs, so the psalmist believed God more than he believed the lies.  Truth of God’s Word is the only armor that keep the lies from sticking and it is the only weapon that extinguishes their fire.  Sometimes we mistakenly think that if we are put on the full armor of the Truth and keep the Sword of the Spirit in our hands that the lies and the battle will stop.  It won’t, this side of heaven.  But, having the proper armor and weapons will bring victory in the battle and peace in the heart of the soldier.

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.

 When slanders drive us to more resolute and careful obedience they work our lasting good; falsehood hurled against us may be made to promote our fidelity to the truth, and the malice of men may increase our love to God. If we try to answer lies by our words we may be beaten in the battle; but a holy life is an unanswerable refutation of all calumnies. Spite is balked if we persevere in holiness despite all opposition. — C. H. Spurgeon

When we trust the Lord enough to obey His marching orders at all times, we will find ourselves well armed for a victorious stand against the lies forged against us.  Deceit can’t stick to the Truth of God’s Word lived out.

Lord God, sometimes I just grow weary of the fight.  Raise up Your banner of Truth in my heart and mind, filling me with Your Holy Spirit of love, power and a sound mind so that I let Your Word stick and not the lies that threaten me.  May I go forth in the knowledge of Who You Are, humbly obeying all You have asked.


Looking for Good in All The Right Places

28 05 2012

Psalms 119:68 You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes.

God is good and does good, all the time.  And all the time He is good.  If we really believed that, wouldn’t we all the more want to sit at His feet to learn all the good He has for us?  This verse is a lifeline all by itself, but on the heels of God’s gifts of humility, it is an even greater hope and truth.  It speaks to God’s inherent character and also to all He does.  Faith doesn’t just read it, but is moved by it to live in its reality.

Truth is:

  •  Psalms 25:8-9 Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way.
  •  Psalm 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.
  •  Psalm 106:1  Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
  •  Psalms 145:6-9 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.

No matter what our eyes see or our hearts experience, we can always look to God and find good.  ALL things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).  ALL things; not some things, not most things; ALL things!

 Even in affliction God is good, and does good. This is the confession of experience. God is essential goodness in himself, and in every attribute of his nature he is good in the fullest sense of the term; indeed, he has a monopoly of goodness, for there is none good but one, that is God. His acts are according to his nature: from a pure source flow pure streams. God is not latent and ill active goodness; he displays himself by his doings, he is actively beneficent, he does good. How much good he does no tongue can tell! How good he is no heart can conceive! It is well to worship the Lord as the poet here does by describing him. Facts about God are the best praise of God. All the glory we can give to God is to reflect his own glory upon himself. We can say no more good of God than God is and does. We believe in his goodness, and so honour him by our faith; we admire that goodness, and so glorify him by our love; we declare that goodness, and so magnify him by our testimony. — C. H. Spurgeon

His goodness is shown in His grace and mercy.  His goodness is shown in His sacrifice to redeem us.  His goodness is shown in His unfailing love for us.  His goodness is shown in His protection of us.  His goodness is shown in His discipline.  His goodness is shown in the sun that rises each day.  His goodness is shown every day… do we see it?  If we are looking for Good in all the right places, we’ll find it at His feet.

(John 10:11-16) “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. “He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. “He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.”

Oh, Lord, You ARE good and have continually shown Your good to me.  Thank You for working all things for my good, though I am worthy of none of it.  It is Your inherent goodness that is my good, and I exalt You.  Teach me to not allow my own desire for good supercede the good You have established for me.  Teach me and make me reflect Your goodness to the world around me.  Be the Good in me at all times, O Lord.


No Pain, No Gain

27 05 2012

Psalms 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.

  •  Afflicted:  to depress, or bring low

The Septuagint and Latin Vulgate, “Before I was humbled.” The Hebrew word has the general sense of being afflicted, and may refer to any kind of trial. –Albert Barnes.

  • Went astray:  to wander, to be deceived, to err by ignorance
  • Keep:  to hedge about with thorns so as to guard and protect

This could be my Life Verse.  Maybe it could be a Life Verse for all of us.  We don’t have to teach very young people to be selfish, to be mean, or to be rebellious.  I can appreciate the seeming innocence of children, but left to themselves children don’t like to share, they will take what belongs to another, they will hit those with whom they are angry, and they will throw themselves on the ground in a temper tantrum to get what they want.  Parents must teach kindness, obedience, respect, and self-control in order. And sometimes that teaching requires a swat on the behind or other painful reminder of what is right.  Our God knows our tendency to be selfish and self-centered.  Left to ourselves we’ll always go the wrong direction.  Praise God for His abundant grace and mercy that doesn’t just leave us.  He is a good Father, who uses whatever means necessary to protect us.  And sometimes, that means allowing us to experience the consequences for our wandering.  He is faithful to give us gifts of humility to bring us low enough to remind us of His Truth. Pain is a good teacher when it is used by One who loves us.  When we wander, may submit quickly to His discipline so that the lessons are never wasted.

This verse is united with verse 71:  It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.  And also verse 75:  I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are righteous, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

 Affliction thrice viewed and thrice blessed.

1. Before affliction: straying.

2. In affliction: learning.

3. After affliction: knowing. –C.A.D. (From Treasury of David)

No one likes to be humiliated, but the psalmist declares that it was a divine gift for his good to teach him faithful obedience.  I have heard that if a lamb continually strays from the flock that the shepherd will break its leg so it cannot walk.  Then the shepherd will carry the sheep until the break heals completely.  After that the sheep is forever bonded to the shepherd and voluntarily sticks closer to him than the other sheep who never strayed. Affliction ties us to the Shepherd permanently.  What a beautiful gift!

By affliction God separates the sin which he hates from the soul which he loves. –John Mason.

Oh, Lord, when I feel the sting of humiliation may it always turn me back to You and to the faithfulness of Your love for me.  You are good and do good, just as You promised.  I believe that, even when I am hurting and don’t fully understand why.  I trust in You to be the Perfect Father who is always on my side and working for my benefit.  Thank You for loving me enough to not let me wander away from You.

Faith is Necessary for Good Discernment and Knowledge

25 05 2012

Psalms 119:66 Teach me good discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Your commandments.

 For the word rendered “[discernment]”, properly signifies taste, and denotes that relish for divine truth, and for the divine goodness and holiness, which is peculiar to true saints… Whatever truly tends to exalt God, to bring the soul near to him, and to insure his being glorified and enjoyed, will naturally attract the notice, excite the affections, and influence the conduct of one who is born of God. “Sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb.” “My meditation of thee shall be sweet.” “How sweet are thy words to my taste! sweeter than honey to my mouth.” “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” –John Ryland, 1753-1825.

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Faith is necessary to learning.  If we don’t trust our teacher(s) we cannot learn from them.  The psalmist recognized that his faith in all God asked him to do was producing a great hunger.  Faith is like a teenage boy whose belly is never full.  Faith is never satisfied with what it has; it hungers for more truth, and then hungers some more.  Not because the truth isn’t satisfying, but because it knows the pit that is our soul can never have too much truth.

Discernment and knowledge are a balance of wisdom in being able to see things for what they are and also to know what to do with them or about them.

 (Proverbs 2:1-9) My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course. 

 His heart was right, and therefore he hoped his head would be made right. He had faith, and therefore he hoped to receive wisdom. His mind had been settled in the conviction that the precepts of the word were from the Lord, and were therefore just, wise, kind, and profitable; he believed in holiness, and as that belief is no mean work of grace upon the soul, he looked for yet further operations of divine grace. He who believes the commands is the man to know and understand the doctrines and the promises. If in looking back upon our mistakes and ignorance we can yet see that we heartily loved the precepts of the divine will, we have good reason to hope that we are Christ’s disciples, and that he will teach us and make us men of good judgment and sound knowledge. A man who has learned discernment by experience, and has thus become a man of sound judgment, is a valuable member of a church, and the means of much edification to others. Let all who would be greatly useful offer the prayer of this verse: “Teach me good judgment and knowledge.” — C. H. Spurgeon

(Philippians 1:9-11) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Just as faith is necessary to learn, our love is the fertilizer that brings a quicker growth.  The more we love our Teacher, the more we will be with Him, learning from Him every step of the way.  The more we love our Teacher, the more joy we will have in putting into practice the things we have learned from Him.  Our love of the Lord makes His Word all the more precious to us, so that it will be our constant textbook and none other.

There are plenty of smart people.  Brains alone do not benefit, especially if it leads to bitter jealousy and selfish ambition from pride.  Ever wonder why smart people can do such dumb things sometimes?  It is because their pride got in the way.  Pride always comes before destruction.  Godly discernment and knowledge from the Holy Spirit makes us kind, humble, and peace makers.  The world may not appreciate spiritual smarts as much, but in the long run, those with the Holy Spirit’s kind of education, will be the successful winners in the Kingdom of God.

 (James 3:13-18) Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. 

Lord, I trust that You are good and that You do good.  I believe that You cause all things to work for good because I belong to You.  I have messed up on so many occasions and have still received Your mercy and grace.  I long to know, to discern, to understand more of who You are so that all my decisions and all my plans will have their basis in Your truth.  I am neither wise, nor understanding, but if You fill me with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ then I will live in the gentleness of the wisdom You give by Your Holy Spirit.  Give me good discernment and knowledge, for I trust You to give me everything I need to walk in a manner worthy of Your calling on my life.

You Did Good

24 05 2012

Psalms 119:65 Teth. You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word.

Literally, You did good…

You did good with Your servant, O LORD, just like You said You would. — I want this paraphrase to be on my tombstone.  There is no greater comfort from an earthly view than to look back and see how well God has treated us, and to look forward (even toward the approaching storm) in faith to the good that is coming.

  •  Psalm 13:6 I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
  •  Psalms 116:7-13 Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. For You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling. I shall walk before the LORD In the land of the living. I believed when I said, “I am greatly afflicted.” I said in my alarm, “All men are liars.” What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me? I shall lift up the cup of salvation And call upon the name of the LORD.
  •  Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
  • Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Our God is the Sovereign Almighty King and we are His servants.  He has no real need for our approval, but it is for our benefit that we recognize and praise Him for the good that He does for us.  Rest, joy and faith are all found in the servant who knows his Master has his good in mind.

He hath done all things well: the rule has no exception. In providence and in grace, in giving prosperity and sending adversity, in everything Jehovah hath dealt well with us. It is dealing well on our part to tell the Lord that we feel that he hath dealt well with us; for praise of this kind is specially fitting and comely. This kindness of the Lord is, however, no chance matter: he promised to do so, and he has done it according to his word. It is very precious to see the word of the Lord fulfilled in our happy experience; it endears the Scripture to us, and makes us love the Lord of the Scripture. — C. H. Spurgeon

You have done good, O Lord, in saving me.  You have done good in providing for me.  You have done good in making the flowers bloom and the trees to bear fruit.  You have done good in speaking Your love over me.  You have done good in giving me Your new mercies every day.  You have done good in filling me with Your Spirit.  You have done good at all times, in all things, and in all ways.  Oh, Lord, give me the eyes to see all the ways You are good and do good that I might walk in joy, in peace, and in faith.