Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
Jesus is good! This virtue reminds me of what I read about the creation of heaven and earth in the first chapter of Genesis. There I read that everything God had made was good. Everything was whole, everything was matched and everywhere there was peace and perfection.
And God saw that it was good.
And on the sixth day, when God oversees his whole work of creation, he even says that what he has made is very good. Unfortunately, it did not stay this way. Good became bad because of sin. Good became a word that reminds us of something that once was. And yet, the word continues to be used because the LORD is gracious and good. He is a God full of abundant mercy.
To know that above all wickedness the name of the LORD can always be mentioned simultaneously with goodness and grace keeps us human beings going. In the midst of badness goodness can still be experienced when we look to Jesus. We can call upon him. We can ask him to answer because he is good, i.e. gracious and full of mercy. That is what I call really good.
This is how the goodness of Jesus shines in the Word of God.
Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
Jesus is good! The more I allow this to sink in, the more I will be convinced of this goodness, and the more I will realize that his goodness increasingly becomes mine. The grace he radiates will also color my life. Whenever I ask, he will turn to me. And his mercy will form itself into gentle mercy in my life. For he is good!
Jesus, you are good, so completely good, so thoroughly perfect and so full of peace. Thank you that in the midst of so much brokenness and imperfection and wickedness we can always look to you to be reminded of the goodness that is inherent to your nature and that was inherent to this creation and that is and will be inherent to the new life.