Psa. 118:1 ¶ Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
My Mom taught me a prayer as a child to pray over my food. Sometimes the simplest prayers can be quite profound. It went like this,
‘God is great
God is good
Let us thank Him for this food
By His hand we are fed
Thank the Lord for daily bread’
The very essence of the Lord is goodness. This goodness is clearly seen in the person of Jesus Christ, it is manifest to us in the person of the Holy Spirit. God not only does good for us, He is Himself good. That is why Jonathan Edwards would often say, ‘The Lord is my good’. Once you get beyond His gifts and begin to see Him as the real treasure, your perspective of life and what really matters will change. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on this powerful verse.
“This is reason enough for giving him thanks; goodness is his essence and nature, and therefore he is always to be praised whether we are receiving anything from him or not. Those who only praise God because he does them good should rise to a higher note and give thanks to him because he is good. In the truest sense he alone is good, “There is none good but one, that is God”; therefore in all gratitude the Lord should have the royal portion. If others seem to be good, he is good. If others are good in a measure, he is good beyond measure. When others behave badly to us, it should only stir us up the more heartily to give thanks unto the Lord because he is good; and when we ourselves are conscious that we are far from being good, we should only the more reverently bless him that “he is good.” We must never tolerate an instant’s unbelief as to the goodness of the Lord; whatever else may be questionable, this is absolutely certain, that Jehovah is good; his dispensations may vary, but his nature is always the same, and always good.”
This was one of the famous lines repeated throughout the Psalms of David. Obviously David had tasted the goodness of the Lord for himself. He had discovered the key to life. No wonder we still sing David’s psalms 3000 years later. They are permeated with the goodness of God.