The Goodness of the Lord

Scripture: Psalm 27:1-14

I.    Vs 1                        His Role In Your Life
The goodness of the Lord should be recognized and celebrated by his people.
So, David offers a psalm of praise not for what the Lord has done, but praises
the Lord just for being the Lord. Number one recognize the Lord’s role in your
life. He is the Lord, which means he is in the position of authority in your
life. The Lord makes the rules, runs the show, and your life revolves around
him and not yourself. So, the Lord is my light and light destroys darkness. I
don’t have to live or walk in darkness, because of the Lord. The Lord is my
salvation which speaks to safety and deliverance. I don’t have to live in
fear, because the Lord has delivered me from (you fill in the blank).
“Finally, my brethren be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might”
Ephesians 6:10. The Lord is my strength (power), so your power to live comes
from the Lord. *Point: God is good and he is your Lord. So as his servant your
life is safe in his hands. Don’t try to play the role of Lord in your life.
Let go and let God have his way.

II.    Vs. 2-3               Protector
The Lord is your protector, so when trouble comes have confidence (trust/find
refuge) in the Lord. So, when the wicked, enemies, foes, come against you the
Lord will fight for you. Exodus 14:14 says that “The Lord shall fight for you
and ye shall hold your peace”. So, you are alive today, because the Lord has
protected you. I grew up in an urban environment and I can testify to how the
Lord has protected me before and after I came to faith in Christ. Think about
all the times that the Lord protected you and say Amen. Remember the Lord will not
leave you or forsake you, but he will protect you.

III.    Vs. 4-7              Presence Of The Lord
When someone is good to you, you will have a desire to spend time with them. I
love spending time with my wife (brown sugar), children, grandchildren, and
God’s people. There is someone who has been better to me then I have been to
myself and that is the Lord. David wanted to spend time in the presence of the
Lord, because God is good. Being in the presence of the Lord is not about a
location, because the temple had not been built. The Lord made this point
clear in John 4:23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers
shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeketh such
to worship him”. God is good and has been good to you, so you should want to
spend time with him. In order to have an effective relationship with anybody,
you must be willing to spend time with them. The same thing is true of your
relationship with the Lord, because in his presence is fullness of joy. In the
presence of the Lord offer sacrifices of joy, sing praises to his name, and
make your requests (prayer) known. *Point: The Lord is good so spend time with
him.

IV.    Vs. 8                 Obedience
We should respond to the goodness of the Lord by obeying his word. You can’t
say the Lord is good and then turn around refuse to follow (obey) him. David
said that “thy face will I seek Lord”. You are his servant and servants don’t
have any rights. You only have the right to obey the Lord, because Psalm 100:3
says “Know ye that the Lord he is God, it is he that hath made us and not we
ourselves, we are his people and the sheep of his pasture”. *Point: Follow
Nike slogan and just do it. Because he is good and he is Lord. Remember Romans
2:4 “despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and
longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to
repentance”. Christ must be Lord in principle and practice.

V.    Vs. 9-10             Content
Someone once told me that as a believer you are living in either one these tents,
the tents are called content or discontent. The goodness of the Lord makes it
possible for you to be content. David understood how much he needed the Lord,
so he was content with God. You may be without a husband, wife, children,
mother or father, but the Lord is more than enough. Child of God, you must
learn to be content with the Lord, because he is that good. Job experienced a
moment in his life when all he had was the Lord. News flash: Only the Lord can
satisfy you completely. David said “If my father and my mother forsake me,
then the Lord will take me up”. My mother passed away almost nine years ago on
Mother’s Day and I needed to hear that. Thank you David and thank you Lord.
Paul said in Philippians 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want, for I have
learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content”. *Point: You have to
be satisfied with God.

VI.    Vs. 11-12             Wisdom
David wanted the Lord to teach him and lead him, because the world he lived in
was dangerous. He needed wisdom for living around his enemies, because they
wanted to destroy him. You see information alone is not enough, because the
path is not always clear (plain). So, you need wisdom that can only be
provided by the Lord. You may have a GED or a PHD, but you are not smarter
than the Lord. James 1:5 makes it clear that “If any of you lack wisdom, let
him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it
(wisdom) shall be given him”. Going thru life as a believer without wisdom is
dangerous, because you have an enemy named satan. The devil has only lost one
fight and he lost to Jesus. *Point: Let the Lord teach you, lead you, and seek
his wisdom. The Lord is good and he is smart too.

VII.    Vs. 13-14             Patience
In closing, David says that the goodness of the Lord kept him from giving up.
Question: Have you ever wanted to throw in the towel, quit on God. “Ok I will
raise my hand”. Living for Christ requires many things and one of them is
patience. Have you ever said “take your time Lord, but hurry up”. The reason
we have drive-thru windows and lines for ten items or less at Walmart is
because people don’t like to wait. Alright Immanuel, I see you at Walmart with
more than ten items in the express line. LOL. You get the point, nobody likes
to wait, but patience is a sign of spiritual maturity. David said “wait on the
Lord and he will strengthen your heart”. God is good, but living for him
requires patience. Remember Isaiah 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”.

I hope this was a blessing to you.

Because He Lives
Bro. Mack