S13P4 – God’s goodness: the wellspring of his provision

Psalm 136:23-26
Who [faithfully] remembered us in our lowly condition, for His lovingkindness endures forever; and has rescued us from our enemies, for His lovingkindness endures forever; who gives food to all flesh, for His lovingkindness endures forever; give thanks to the God of heaven, for His lovingkindness (graciousness, mercy, compassion) endures forever.

The Psalmist concludes this chapter by telling of God’s goodness manifesting as his provision. Though we are weak and lowly, He remembers us. He does not desert us. When we are poor in spirit, recognizing our condition of spiritual need without God, He gives us his heavenly kingdom [Matt. 5:3]. This is eternal spiritual provision, and we should be in awe that this comes merely from accepting and confessing the truth of God’s position and character.

Physically, God also demonstrates his provision. In the face of our enemies, God rescues us. He liberates us from bondage and gives us a freedom that no man can take from us. Likewise, in the face of hunger, He feeds us. He provides for the birds of the air, and we are more valuable than they [Matt. 6:26]. Whether food or drink or shelter, God, in his goodness, ensures that we have everything we need each day that we are on this earth.

Our Father leaves no box unchecked. His provision extends from the temporal to the spiritual, from the momentary to the eternal. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and has everlasting heavenly storehouses. No need is beyond His ability to provide or his good desire to do so. Father, thank You that your goodness is eternal, that You provide in every circumstance, and that You desire to do so out of your everlasting goodness.