2 Chron.5:13,14 – and when they raised their voices accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other musical instruments, and when they praised the LORD saying, “He indeed is good for His kindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not rise to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.
This passage has the smell of Pentecost on it. The priests had consecrated themselves, they were dressed in white linen (the blood of Jesus), they were in harmony, and they were worshipping the goodness and kindness of the Lord. Jesus is the unveiling or manifestation of the goodness of God. When Jesus took His place at the right hand of the Father, God’s goodness and kindness was on full display. The 120 followers of Jesus began to magnify Him in His place of exaltation. Suddenly, the atmosphere changed and the glory of the Lord filled the room. There is something about magnifying His goodness. Actually, His glory is the manifestation of His goodness. That’s who He is; He is kindness and goodness unveiled to mankind.
Our world today need s a good taste of God’s goodness. To hear about it is not good enough, we must taste it for ourselves. That taste is found in the place of unified, corporate worship. That is the place of commanded blessing, that is the place where God is enthroned. Here is a quote from Jonathan Edwards on the goodness of the Lord.
“And it seems that the expression or exhibition of God’s goodness is especially called his name, in Exodus 33:19. “I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee. And chapter 34:5, 6, 7: “And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD God, gracious and merciful, long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth; keeping mercy for thousands..
Edwards is describing the time when God revealed Himself to Moses. The Lord said that His goodness would pass before Moses and the Lord connected that to His name. I love that; Jesus is goodness. He is kind and loving and merciful and generous…. words can’t even come close to describing this One who is altogether lovely.