Truly God is good

Our Daily Homily By F.B. Meyer

Psalm 73:1

“Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.”

GOD is only good. Such is the better rendering of the original. He makes “all things work together for good to them that love God.” (Romans 8:28) However unlike goodness something in your lot may be, turn from the suggestions of sense to the affirmations of faith, and dare to say,

“His every act pure blessing is,
His path unsullied light.”

Nothing so glorifies God as when a Cowper, rescued from the border of despair, snatched from committing suicide, dares still to cling to his belief in the goodness of God.

Our faith is sometimes assailed, as Asaph’s was, by the anomalies we meet with in the world. The wicked prosper, whilst the waters of a full cup are wrung out to the people of God. The scribes and Pharisees greedily devour widows’ houses, and prey on the helpless; whilst earnest merit seeks for work and recognition in vain. It is a strange world, full of contradictions, perplexities, and insoluble questions; but through it all God’s children must dare to affirm that He is only good. You do not feel it? Nevertheless, reason, Scripture, experience, demand that you should assert it. The fact is, we have lost the standpoint of vision. The psalmist found these things too painful till he went into the sanctuary of God, and then he understood. Do not take earth as the centre of the universe, but the sun. Do not look at God from circumstances, but at circumstances from God. Live continually with Him: then will mystery become unraveled, and dark problems solved. Above all, be pure in heart, free from the stain of sin, with one purpose. Thou shalt see the soul of good in what seems evil.

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I have been reading FB Meyer, to say the least, difficult for me. Looks like I was not the only one who felt the same. Now that pushes me on to make it easier. You see, difficult things gets easier as we repeat over and over, much more easier when we start to trust God for wisdom. After 2 days of focused meditation on the bible verses from FB Meyer (we use this in our church), the daily dose is very thought provoking.

Psalm 73:1 “Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.”

An equivalent to this I thought to myself is in NT, letter from Paul to Romans, which was also cited by Meyer, “all things work together for good to them that love God.” (Romans 8:28)

Cowper (pronounced Cooper) is a hymn writer. I would not have known but I heard this name before. Do a wiki search on Cowper, we’ll find more info on him.

Hymns by Cowper from wiki:

Cowper is represented with fifteen hymns in The Church Hymn book 1872:

* 127 Jesus! where’er thy people meet* 357 The Spirit breathes upon the word

* 450 There is a fountain, filled with blood

* 790 Hark! my soul! it is the Lord

* 856 To Jesus, the Crown of my hope

* 871 Far from the world, O Lord! I flee

* 885 My Lord! how full of sweet content (1782 translation)

* 932 What various hindranes we meet

* 945 Oh! for a closer walk with God

* 965 When darkness long has veiled my mind

* 1002 T is my happiness below

* 1009 O Lord! in sorrow I resign (1782 translation)

* 1029 O Lord! my best desire fulfill

* 1043 There is a safe and secret place

* 1060 God of my life! to thee I call

Asaph is also mentioned in today’s Homily. Who is Asaph? Again a Google review more on Asaph.

Psalm 73  is the honest confession of a faithful Israelite, concerning his own struggle with the problem of pain. Asaph, the author, is the choir leader, whose occupation placed him in constant contact with the people of Israel, and with the sanctuary of God, the temple. He was, I believe, a godly man during the time of his personal struggle. He was a more godly man afterwards. Let us consider the confession of Asaph with the purpose of understanding how a good God can allow pain and suffering to come into the life of the saint.
http://bible.org/seriespage/pain-and-presence-god-psalm-73-death-young-mother

The Psalms of Asaph (לְאָסָף) are the twelve psalms numbered 50 and 73 – 83 of the Psalter. They were composed in the northern territories of Israel during Biblical times. They underwent some redaction after 722 BC, but appear to have been intact by the post-exilic period. The origin and identity of the person of Asaph is ambiguous, and it is difficult to know whether or not there was an identifiable progenitor for this family name. The Asaphite priests had a pre-exilic role to provide musically-based or induced prophecy, and a post-exilic role singing praise to God.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalms_of_Asaph

More mentioning of Asaph in the Old Testament.

  1. 2 Chronicles 35:15 – And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s seer; and the porters waited at every gate; they might not depart from their service; for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.
  2. 1 Chronicles 25:1 Moreover, David and the commanders of the army set apart for the service some of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun, who were to prophesy with lyres, harps and cymbals; and the number of those who performed their service was:

There are different mentions of Asaph, but a closer look, it looked to be referencing to the same person.

Asaph also refers to four men from the Old Testament:

* Asaph, the father of Joah (2 Kings 18:18, 37)

* Asaph, son of Berachiah the Gershonite (2 Chronicles 20:14)

* Asaph, a Levite descendant of Kohath (1 Chr. 26:1)

* Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest under the Persian king Artaxerxes I Longimanus (Nehemiah 2:8)

(The Asaph mentioned in the Old Teastament is the same man, known by different titles. Just as one can see that Melchisedec is an order of priests as opposed to one man or Herod being a title for a king, Asaph is the opposite–he was known by different titles because he had different responsibilities. He wrote Psalm 77 and has been identified as David’s chief musician also.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asaph

A searched via Strong’s online concordance yielded quite a number of results on Asaph name.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/search/translationResults.cfm?Criteria=asaph&t=KJV

Just to list a few:

  1. 2Ki 18:18 And when they had called to the king, there came out to them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which [was] over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder.
  2. 2Ki 18:37       Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which [was] over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with [their] clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.
  3. 1Ch 6:39       And his brother Asaph, who stood on his right hand, [even] Asaph  the son of Berachiah, the son of Shimea,

God is Good RULE #1

Did I sense humor here? “insoluble questions; but through it all God’s children must dare to affirm that He is only good. You do not feel it? Nevertheless, reason, Scripture, experience, demand that you should assert it

It’s like the typical 3 Rule list but true.

  1. God is Good.
  2. If you think God is not good?
  3. Refer to #1.

As Meyer puts it “Nevertheless, reason, Scripture, experience, demand that you should assert it” It goes against reason, scripture, experience to say the God is Bad! God forbid!

Be still with God

“The fact is, we have lost the standpoint of vision. The psalmist found these things too painful till he went into the sanctuary of God, and then he understood. Do not take earth as the centre of the universe, but the sun. Do not look at God from circumstances, but at circumstances from God.”

It is interesting to note here how Meyer noted the Psalmist went into the sanctuary of God, and understood. God speaks if we listen. The very act of the Psalmist going into the sanctuary shows that he is willing to listen. “too painful till he went into the sanctuary of God, and then he understood.”


Live continually with God

Live continually with Him: then will mystery become unraveled, and dark problems solved. Above all, be pure in heart, free from the stain of sin, with one purpose. Thou shalt see the soul of good in what seems evil.

This reminds me of the eagle verse in Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Other takeaways

I used to read only that singular verse provided at the top of the daily homily. It always appears out of the blue, kind of like out of context. I’ve decided to read the entire Psalm in reference by the daily homily instead, brought out the entire perspective. Several verse which looked familiar to me too.

  1. Ps 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
  2. 26My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
  3. 28But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Beautiful and edifying indeed when one goes deeper and observe, as one who inspects a diamond.

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~ by ymsim on 2010/03/21.

One Response to “Truly God is good”

  1. Thanks for posting this…hadn’t heard of FB Meyer’s ‘homily’ readings before, though I had known of him. Great God-centered content there!

    Blessings,
    Nj

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