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August 7, 2016

"THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD TO ALL"

TEXT: Psalm 145: 8-10
READING:
 Micah 7: 1-20

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SUBJ: The goodness of God seen as an attribute in which all of creation is made to benefit and the special consideration He has of the saints and them to Him as seen in redemption.

AIM: That we might be the more given to worship and in particular saying with the Psalmist “bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me; bless His holy Name.

INTR: Psalm 145 is a Psalm of David and exhibits his inclination to be often engaged in praising the Lord and acknowledging His mercy. See also, Psalm 103 and the special attention given us by the Lord.
1. David often extols the characteristic greatness of God in all His expressions of kindness towards us and thus to contrast the extent to which He condescends to be bless us.
2. We do well to catch the refrain and sing often of His mercy and His grace and to refrain from the tendency that many have of thinking for God as to what He should do and second guessing Him on what He has or has not done.
3. As we come to know of our own lack of merit and that we are deserving of divine contempt we are made to wonder with the Psalmist: 3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalms 8:3-4.

THESIS: It is important that we see that while the Lord is capable of and exercises His anger that He is over all disposed to good toward His creation and that despite its rebellion against Him. Else, He would have long since destroyed it all as before in the flood. It is given to the redeemed to joyfully recognize this.

I. The nature of our Lord as revealed to us (v. 8)
1. It is often the tendency of men to see the Lord at the extremes of His expression of Himself
1) It is clearly revealed that He is capable of vindicating His justice and that He will in such things as the flood and the destruction of Sodom.
2) Yet, as we observe the continuation of all things there is much that appears good.
2. In spite of the rebellions of men there is an overriding sense of the graciousness of the Lord to all without exception – He is not like them or to be compared to any other.
1) Such was the example of Christ in this world to the degree that extreme compassion was expressed and
2) We understand from the very nature of the narrative left us in the Word of God.
3. Consider the provisions made for the many and the compassion expressed towards men in general – we are commanded to think and act in this manner and He is the example.
4. Even in depraved men we see the remnants of the divine image in them and kindnesses emerge.
5. This is the reason that we may conclude that the doctrine of depravity does not mean that men are as bad as they could be!

II. The action of our Lord towards us and His creation (v. 9)
1. Paul’s declaration concerning the existence of God and the fact that in Him we live and breathe and have being is an evidence of His goodness.
2. Spurgeon observed that He allows His enemies to live and to enjoy the handiwork He so graciously provided.
3. In the things of this creation all are treated as though they were saints and deserving of the best of His hospitality and this to the amazement of many.
4. He extends the announcement of salvation to all without exception even though they treat it with contempt.
5. We remember always: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? Romans 2:4
6. His mercy is everywhere to be seen in His creation:
1) Again, Spurgeon observed that the world was designed and created for happiness and
2) That in itself is an evidence of His mercy, but also
3) The provisions of the Lord for all His creatures are evident everywhere in the natural world even though the evidences of the curse are seen everywhere.

III. The response of His creation and new creation towards Him (v. 10)
1. It is evident that the design of God is to be praised and that is consistent with considerations of His perfections.
1) One of the evidences of the rebellion of men is that they seek to call attention to themselves and indulge in self-aggrandizement.
2) Yet the creation itself is in harmony with the aims of God: For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. Romans 8:19
3) For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12
2. But it is especially to be noted in that the saints (holy ones or meek ones) bless Him.
1) It is not that they can add anything to Him, His being or His work
2) It is to be remembered that we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus
3) And that only those redeemed by the blood of Christ and quickened by the Holy Spirit are capable of rendering acceptable praise to Him and to they pray “Hallowed be thy Name!”
3. It is given to the saints to draw near to God and to view Him as near at hand in spite of a lingering old nature
4. It is characteristic of them marvel at all His works and to delight particularly in work of salvation both theirs and others.
5. It is their delight to pray for the advancement of His Kingdom and all that redounds to His honor and glory and
6. To be found in harmony with the will and glorious purpose of God in all things and to live in anticipation of an eternity of joy and praise in His presence.