Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 28, 2017

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 33:1-13.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+33&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still confined in the court of the guard, saying, “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it, the Lord is His name, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’  For thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah which are broken down to make a defense against the siege ramps and against the sword, ‘While they are coming to fight with the Chaldeans and to fill them with the corpses of men whom I have slain in My anger and in My wrath, and I have hidden My face from this city because of all their wickedness:  Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.  I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel and will rebuild them as they were at first.  I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me.  It will be to Me a name of joy, praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that I do for them, and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace that I make for it.’

10 “Thus says the Lord, ‘Yet again there will be heard in this place, of which you say, “It is a waste, without man and without beast,” that is, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, 11 the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who say,

“Give thanks to the Lord of hosts,
For the Lord is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting”;

and of those who bring a thank offering into the house of the Lord.  For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were at first,’ says the Lord.”  Jeremiah 33:1-11. 

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“but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:24.

We seek to understand and know the LORD, and so we delight when we learn more about qualities of the LORD.  Today, we learn more about the quality of goodness of the LORD:  “For the LORD is good”.   

“… “Give thanks to the Lord of hosts,
For the Lord is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting”;  …”  Verse 11.

The Belgic Confession of Faith not only describes God as “good”, but it also describes God as “the overflowing fountain of all good”.

Article 1:  That there is One Only God.

We all believe with the heart, and confess with the mouth, that there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God;  and that he is eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, immutable, infinite, almighty, perfectly wise, just, good, and the overflowing fountain of all good.  The Belgic Confession of Faith.

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”  James 1:17.

But, we also notice the LORD’s goodness and lovingkindness is directed to only His people.  Let not the wicked think they can continually rebel against the LORD and receive His lovingkindness.  As examples, we see similar language of goodness and lovingkindness in the following Scriptures directed to only His people.

34 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
35 Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation,
And gather us and deliver us from the nations,
To give thanks to Your holy name,
And glory in Your praise.”  1 Chronicles 16:34-35.

“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.”  Psalm 86:5.

“Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord,
Or can show forth all His praise?
How blessed are those who keep justice,
Who practice righteousness at all times!

Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people;
Visit me with Your salvation,
That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,
That I may glory with Your inheritance.”  Psalm 106:1-5.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary
And gathered from the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.”  Psalm 107:1-3.

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