Psalm 112 describes a believer as a gracious, compassionate and generous person who pursues honesty and fairness in everyday life. All throughout his prayer, the psalmist counts a believer’s blessings (Psalm 112:2-3):
“Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.”
In other words: Be good and good things will happen to you.
“Be a good girl! Be a good boy!”– Or so we hear growing up; and a popular holiday tune “Santa Claus is coming to town” puts it like this:
“He sees you when you’re sleeping
And he knows when you’re awake
And he knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!”
Make no mistake about it – trying to be good for goodness sake makes people miserable. Life ruled by the moral index finger is quite frustrating. Thankfully, this is not what goodness stands for.
We need to believe Jesus when He says (Mark 10:18):
“No one is good – except God alone.”
According to Him, all goodness comes from God. – Incidentally, the word “good” in the English language is actually rooted in the word “God”.
Goodness is God.
God is good.
Moral behavior does not make us good people – It is the Lord who makes us good; but we need to let Him into our lives. He has loved us forever. And we are blessed when we love Him back.