Yesterday the challenge to be among, “…the generation of them that seek him…” went out. Consider today, if you are among those who seek the King of Glory, what you will find? The Hebrew word, kabod, used for glory, also carries the meaning of weight, honor, esteem, majesty, abundance, wealth. Society’s hunger for abundance and wealth caused me to look at King of Glory as the King of Abundance. Abundance of what, you ask?
“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Ps. 136:1.
“…for he is good…” Good is also translated kindness. “Or despises thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance…O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever…
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus… Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever…
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared…according to his mercy he saved us…which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour…being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life…The voice of joy…shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever…” (Rom. 2:4; 1Chron. 16;34; Eph. 2:7; Ps. 106:1; Titus 3:4-7; Jere. 33;11).
The abundant goodness of God reveals His character in the kindness of His actions toward us and is an extension of His rich mercy.
“…for his mercy endureth for ever…”
“Who remembered us in our low estate…Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE…NONE THAT DOETH GOOD…THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES…For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”(Ps. 136:23; Rom. 3:9-23).
“…And hath redeemed us from our enemies…”…ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…from your vain conversation…But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot…Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” (1Pet. 1:18-21).
“…Who giveth food to all flesh…” “The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing…The LORD is nigh unto … all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them…for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.(Ps. 145:15-19; Matt. 6:32, 33).
And when you find your self caught in a web of sorrow and trials, when temptation questions the truth of the King of Abundant Goodness and Mercy asking, “Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Answer as Asaph did in Psalm 77. “…This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will mediate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary. who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God that doest wonders…” Ps. 77: 8-14.
“O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever. Give thanks to the King of abundant goodness and mercy…He endures forever and “…takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.” Ps.147:11. He, “…is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Eph. 3:20. Seek the King of Glory. He will be found.