Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 25, 2015

“Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 7.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+7&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house.  2 The priests could not enter into the house of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house.  3 All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifice before the Lord.  5 King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep.  Thus the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.  6 The priests stood at their posts, and the Levites also, with the instruments of music to the Lord, which King David had made for giving praise to the Lord—“for His lovingkindness is everlasting”—whenever he gave praise by their means, while the priests on the other side blew trumpets;  and all Israel was standing.

7 Then Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord, for there he offered the burnt offerings and the fat of the peace offerings because the bronze altar which Solomon had made was not able to contain the burnt offering, the grain offering and the fat.

8 So Solomon observed the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly who came from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt.  9 On the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, for the dedication of the altar they observed seven days and the feast seven days.  10 Then on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and happy of heart because of the goodness that the Lord had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel.”  2 Chronicles 7:1-10.

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In today’s Scripture, we are delighted to learn about the goodness attribute of God.  “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”  Verse 3.

Reformed Doctrine primarily seeks out to learn about the attributes of God and to teach them.

Other doctrine primarily seeks out attributes of man and how to remove bad attributes of man and replace them with good attributes for man.

And, the people left the assembly “rejoicing and happy of heart because of the goodness that the Lord had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel.”  Verse 10.

“Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”  Psalm 32:11.

Our belief in the goodness of God and His sovereignty and power is at the heart of our belief in God the Father.

“Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence) is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.  Heidelberg Catechism.

“I shall make mention of the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, the praises of the Lord,
According to all that the Lord has granted us,
And the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
Which He has granted them according to His compassion
And according to the abundance of His lovingkindnesses.”  Isaiah 63:7.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”  1 Peter 2:9.

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