Goodness of God

Genesis 15 (Click here to read the full passage.)


17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give[c] this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19 the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”



Recently, I was helping out with the Sunday morning worship team at my church. It was the first time I’d done so since having a baby! I dusted the cobwebs off my voice and began preparing and practicing.

A few days before the service, I made my way to church for a rehearsal. That evening our worship team leader read aloud from a book she was reading. The pages told us of God’s covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15. Covenants in those days were made by cutting animals in half, then the two parties walking through the halves together, essentially saying, “If I don’t keep my end of the deal, let this happen to me.” Brutal, right?!


Abraham set up his trail of carcasses, but instead of both parties passing through, God passed through it alone.


Wait a minute. Why didn’t they walk together?


God was showing His goodness, kindness and faithfulness. He knew Abraham was human and wouldn’t be able to hold up his end of the deal. So God bore the consequences of the covenant Himself, showing He would shed His own blood if it were broken.


Because He is faithful, even when we’re not.


And He DID hold up his end of the deal by sending Jesus to pay the price for the covenant we broke.


Sometimes I look at my circumstances and forget how good, kind and faithful God is but this reminder, one Wednesday evening at church, fills my heart with gratitude.



 

LYRICS


Goodness of God

By Jenn Johnson (Bethel Music)

Written by Jason Ingram, Ed Cash, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Ben Fielding


Verse 1:

I love You, Lord

For Your mercy never fails me

All my days, I've been held in Your hands

From the moment that I wake up

Until I lay my head

Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God


Chorus:

And all my life You have been faithful

And all my life You have been so, so good

With every breath that I am able

Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God


Verse 2:

I love Your voice

You have led me through the fire

In the darkest night

You are close like no other

I've known You as a Father

I've known You as a Friend

And I have lived in the goodness of God


Chorus


Bridge:

Your goodness is running after

It's running after me

Your goodness is running after

It's running after me

With my life laid down

I'm surrendered now

I give You everything

'Cause Your goodness is running after

It's running after me


Chorus