Grace Protestant Reformed Church

The Lord Is Good to All

Date: PM
Text: Psalm 145:9
Psalters: 406, 69, 201, 394
Series: Common Grace Revisited
  1. The meaning.
    1. Our text was one verse given as the Biblical proof for the First Point that God has a favorable attitude toward all men.
    2. What is goodness?
      1. In general, “good” denotes two things.
      2. Jehovah is ”good.”
        1. He is good because he is ethically perfect; He pure goodness in His essence; He is light and no darkness.
        2. And He is able to accomplish all His purpose and will.
    3. Jehovah’s mercy is His goodness reaching those in misery and lifting them out of their misery up to His glory and blessedness
  2. What is the scope of God’s goodness and mercy? “All” and “all His works” refers to God’s creation.
    1. In the beginning the creation was a one great expression of God’s goodness - a beautiful working unit.
    2. After the fall into sin, creation was under God’s curse for man’s sake, making it subject to vanity (Rom. 8:20).
    3. “All” refers to God’s works as an organic whole.
      1. It refers to those humans and creation who praise God (Psalm 145:10) who are redeemed in Christ and are made righteous.
      2. In the context of all Scripture and of this psalm “all” cannot refer to every person, head for head.
  3. God’s purpose for His goodness and mercies.
    1. In His goodness to Himself, His redeemed creation and children God uses the ungodly wicked to accomplish His purposes.
    2. The chief purpose of God’s goodness is His saving of a creation which deserves to be destroyed.
    3. “Taste and see that Jehovah is good” (Ps. 34:8) to all who fear Him and look for His appearing.