“…the goodness of God endureth continually..” Psalm 52:1
I was just reading along as normal during my morning devotion and this verse simply jumped out at me - continually. The word means always continuing, devoted to, constant, or unbroken. That day God showed me that his goodness is not just something I can read about in Scripture. It is not just something that happens when we perceive a blessing or aid. It is there all the time. Constantly, God is good.
You know the phrase, “God is good all the time”? Well. It is right. But then, I got to thinking about the word endureth. This has the idea of waiting with patience-to hold out under stress. I had to laugh at the image in my mind. There is God, with all his goodness, waiting on us to realize how good He really is as we struggle along on this planet acting as if no help or care were available.
Surely God has an immense amount of patience with his children. We get to feeling sorry for ourselves, or fretting because things aren’t going our way. We fall in and out of church and in and out with God. We are not consistent. We are not devoted. We are not good as a matter of fact. But God is always consistent. Always devoted. Always good.
He was good in the past…you can read about that. He will be good in the future….you can read about that. And, he is good right now. No matter my circumstance, no matter my mind-set, God is good. And He will remain to be good….continually….forever!
Praise His name.
Can you see the goodness of God in your life? Can you trace His steps of goodness in the past, the future, and the present? Why not stop and praise Him for this trait and thank Him for his patience with you?
“Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort… Psalm 71:3
So the next day I was reading again and this word was there again staring me in the face. “…continually resort…”.
How nice it is to have a place where we can get away from all the noise of this life and the pressures of our society. My prayer closet is one such place. I can always go there and find rest and comfort.
But the verse isn’t talking about a physical place like we would go on holiday. It is referring to the personal knowledge and spiritual understanding that God is that refuge. I may be standing in the midst of a storm, but I can go to God and find that continual refreshment so necessary to being able to stand.
The word, resort, has the idea of a place of abiding- a place to enter and do life. It begs the question: “Do I take advantage of my resort? Do I know God to be my strong habitation?”
When the word continual is added to resort we get a description of a wonderful place that is always available to us. We can go over and over and never tire or use up the resource. God never tires of us coming to Him.
What about you? Do you know God in this way? Do you lean upon Him continually so that you find your habitation in Him? Do you know the pleasure of resorting in Him?
“But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.” Psalm 71:14
And before I could finish the 71st chapter of Psalm the word appeared again…”I will hope continually.”
God’s Word is amazing in that it is alive and can speak aloud. That particular day I was sadly fretting over various challenges around me. I was wondering how things were going to work out and if I should to do anything about the situations. I was quickly losing my hope and falling into that abyss of despair.
God said, “You can hope continually in me. Not in the situations, but in Me. I will never let you down.” And I heard him. There is such comfort of mind when the Spirit speaks. I was able to lay down my concerns before His feet and walk away into the day without the restraints of fear.
Over and over that day I quoted this simple phrase and reminded myself of the goodness of God and kept returning to my resort, my habitation. God continually lifted my soul and brought rejoicing to my heart.
Hope is a wonderful thing. It makes everything look possible. And you know what? It is possible…because with God all things are possible. They are continually possible…so we CAN hope continually.
Are you losing hope? Why not lay it down at the cross and walk away with a different attitude? Steps of faith bring praise.
“…I am continually with thee….” Psalm 73:23
By now you can tell that I am reading through the Psalms. It is a great book and always encourages my heart. However, this is the first time that I have seen this word! And here it is again.
Psalm 73 is the psalmist lament over the prosperity of the wicked and his own lowly state. He comes down to verses 23 and 24 to claim some wonderful promises.
“Nevertheless I am continually with thee; thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”
Just look at these two verses. I am continually with God. No matter how the wicked prosper, they can never claim that promise. No, they are not with God. They have the wrath of God upon them. But I have God beside me at all times.
God holds me by my right hand. He is so interested in my protection and welfare. I am His child and he cares for me.
He guides me with his counsel. His Word is there for me. As I read and listen it gives me guidance.
He will receive me to glory. I have the promise of a home in heaven. God is waiting for me there. He is anxious to have me home.
Yes. I am continually with God. And so are you. Do you know this sweet fellowship and have this calm assurance?
“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth..” Psalm 34:1
I had to go back to find this one, but it a great place to end our meditation on this word, continually.
His praise shall continually be in my mouth….continually. There is no place for angry words, for words unbecoming to a Christian, for lying words, or hurtful words. Praise should be coming from our hearts and rolling off our tongues.
As a little child we sang, “Oh, be careful little mouth what you say. Oh, be careful little mouth what you say. For the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little mouth what you say.”
I would sing this over and over along with the other verses. It always reminded me to be careful what I say, do, walk and hear. As adults we need to keep these simple teaching in front of us. It is too easy as an adult to make excuses for our outbursts and upsets. We let life dictate to us and we allow our moods to determine our speech. This does not match the attitude of the Psalmist.
I wish I could tell you I had found the secret to never uttering an unkind or thoughtless word. I have not. I will have to claim James 3 and agree that the tongue is very difficult to tame.
However, I do know that praise is a much better choice and yields better results. I can discipline myself to think before I speak and I can, by God’s grace, improve my speech.
And you? What comes out of your mouth? What words would you retrieve if you could? Could you make continual praise your goal as well?