Bought by the Blood

August 18, 2009

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  – Psalm 23:6

We know the goodness of God through the fact that we are in relationship with Him.  God is our ultimate good and by communing with Him we have the highest privilege and pleasure that anyone could ever ask for.  Thomas Manton has stated,He is essentially good; not only good, but goodness itself: the creature’s good is a superadded quality, in God it is His essence. He is infinitely good; the creature’s good is but a drop, but in God there is an infinite ocean or gathering together of good. He is eternally and immutably good, for He cannot be less good than He is; as there can be no addition made to Him, so no subtraction from Him.”

We know God’s goodness through the mercy He has shown us on the cross.  We have all sinned and because of this do not deserve to know God’s goodness.  God is merciful and with Christ blood has paid the price that we could not, so that through His mercy we can be in relationship with Him and experience more of His goodness.  His mercy endures for all the days of our lives, so we never have to fear being cut off from Him.  It is by sovereign grace that we receive mercy and it is nothing that we can earn.

Since we have received such awesome mercy and goodness from God our lives should be lived for His glory.  We are called to live in the fear of the Lord, because like any proud parent, He is always near by to support us.  There is no moment in this life when we are not dwelling with Him, so our actions should reflect this great truth.  Let us not settle for the counterfeit glory that this world has to offer, but instead strive to be satisfied with His glory in our lives.  The one thing we thing should seek to gain is not more money, fame or prestige but a greater awareness of how our shepherd is transforming our lives and living within our hearts to prepare us for the eternal glory He has called us to.


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