Ps.31:19 – How great is Your goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have performed for those who take refuge in You,
Before the sons of mankind!
I love this verse in David’s Psalm, David is describing stored up goodness for those who belong to Him. There are many times in our spiritual journey that this ‘stored up goodness’ is hidden from us. Its easier to see the attacks of Saul, the threatening of our own Goliaths, or the betrayal of the Absaloms in our own lives. This is where faith comes in, faith perceives the goodness of God. Faith picks up the five smooth stones, hides itself in a cave for years, and even refuses to retaliate against Absalom. Faith embraces the goodness of God in worship, faith receives all of God’s goodness set apart for you. Here is how Charles Spurgeon sees this verse.
“When faith led David to his God, she set him singing at once. He does not tell us how great was God’s goodness, for he could not; there are no measures which can set forth the immeasurable goodness of Jehovah, who is goodness itself. Holy amazement uses interjections where adjectives utterly fail. Notes of exclamation suit us when words of explanation are of no avail. If we cannot measure we can marvel; and though we may not calculate with accuracy, we can adore with fervency……The Lord has laid up in reserve for his people supplies beyond all count. In the treasury of the covenant, in the field of redemption, in the caskets of the promises, in the granaries of providence, the Lord has provided for all the needs which can possibly occur to his chosen. We ought often to consider the laid up goodness of God which has not yet been distributed to the chosen, but is already provided for them: if we are much in such contemplations, we shall be led to feel devout gratitude, such as glowed in the heart of David.”
I have been following the Lord for five decades now and have seen His goodness that had been hidden away at times burst into the light of day. Its not just in physical provision and blessing that He provides but it is the unveiling of the goodness of the Lord Himself that is so rewarding. He does load us with the physical blessing but none of that compares to beholding the beauty of the Lord. I have to say with David today, “the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.”