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06 goodness

  1. 1. Growing in the likeness of Christ. Fruit of the Spirit. Lesson 6 – GoodnessPsalm 1071 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2Let the redeemedof the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; 3And gathered them outof the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. 4They wanderedin the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. 5Hungry and thirsty, their soulfainted in them. 6Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of theirdistresses. 7And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. 8Ohthat men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children ofmen! 9For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. 10Such as sit indarkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; 11Because they rebelledagainst the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: 12Therefore he broughtdown their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. 13Then they cried unto theLORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. 14He brought them out of darknessand the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. 15Oh that men would praise the LORD forhis goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 16For he hath broken the gates ofbrass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder. 17Fools because of their transgression, and because of theiriniquities, are afflicted. 18Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto thegates of death. 19Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of theirdistresses. 20He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. 21Ohthat men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children ofmen! 22And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; 24These see the works ofthe LORD, and his wonders in the deep. 25For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, whichlifteth up the waves thereof. 26They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths:their soul is melted because of trouble. 27They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, andare at their wits end. 28Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out oftheir distresses. 29He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. 30Then are theyglad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. 31Oh that men wouldpraise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 32Let themexalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders. 33Heturneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; 34A fruitful land intobarrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. 35He turneth the wilderness into astanding water, and dry ground into watersprings. 36And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, thatthey may prepare a city for habitation; 37And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yieldfruits of increase. 38He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not theircattle to decrease. 39Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, andsorrow. 40He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, wherethere is no way. 41Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like aflock. 42The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. 43Whoso is wise,and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD. *****Psalm 107 is the classic exposition of God’s goodness. The whole psalm is a majestic panoramaof the operations of divine goodness, transforming human lives. God’s actions reveal goodnessin its highest and purest form. His goodness provides the standard for developing this fruit inour own lives. *****
  2. 2. Discussion Questions1. Try to imagine what it would be like if God were to withdraw all his goodness from you. How would your life bechanged?2. In Psalm 107, how do verses 1-3 introduce the major themes of the psalm?3. The psalmist gives four illustrations of God’s goodness in verses 4-9, 10-16, 17-22 and 23-32. What do each ofthese illustrations have in common?4. What needs do the people have in each of these sections?5. In each instance what action taken by the people resulted in their deliverance?Is this usually your first reaction when you find yourself in distress? If not, what is?6. Repeatedly the psalmist urges those who have been delivered to “give thanks to the LORD”. Why do we need tobe reminded of this?7. According to the psalmist, what are some ways we should give thanks to God for his goodness and love (vv. 22,32)?8. What do verses 33-42 reveal about the ups and downs of life?9. The psalmist concludes in verse 43: “Whosoever is wise, let him heed these things”.What things does he want us to heed?10. In what ways can we imitate the goodness of God displayed in this psalm?11. Thank God for his goodness and unfailing love. Ask him to help you develop the fruit of goodness in your life. *****