“How great is Your goodness,” cried King David, “Which You have stored up for those who [reverently] fear You, Which You have prepared for those who take refuge in You” [Psalm 31:19, Amplified Bible]. It is amazing that, in a world full of trouble, when wars terrorise, natural disasters multiply, and chaos reigns in high places, those of us who believe in Yahweh can still thrill to the knowledge of His goodness. No matter what our circumstances, our hearts respond, “He is always more than good!”
What do we mean when we speak of someone’s ‘goodness’? Has this word lost power in our world? What does it mean to ‘be good’? Yahshua said that there is only One Who is good – Yahweh! [See Matthew 19:16-22.] It was a swift response to the form of a young man’s question. It wasn’t the answer, it was a reaction; maybe even a correction. Yahshua understood the depth and quality of His Father’s goodness from experience, from observation, and from His outstanding comprehension of the Torah. On the day that He met the rich young ruler, He set the word aside as sacrosanct. Think about it! If this word should only be applied to Yahweh, then it is immense, its meaning far beyond our meagre experience. It is an expression of something which is incalculable. How great is His goodness!
When Yahshua was here in our world He preached good news, healed the sick, fed the hungry, blessed the children, befriended sinners, touched the lonely. “Everywhere He went,” says the song, “He was doing good!” Yet this Man said, “There is only One who is good.” With this simple statement He places His Father beyond and above Himself. So how great is the goodness of Yahweh? Do I fully understand just Who is ‘in my corner’? Do I really comprehend Who is caring for me?
In our troubled world, “…unfailing love surrounds those who trust [Yahweh]” [Psalm 32:10], and His goodness is stored up for those who reverence Him, prepared for all who take refuge in Him. What a place of comfort and safety! No wonder David could sing, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” [Psalm 56:3].