Summary: why we are to be a thankful people - a people who serve the Lord with gladness.
“Serve the Lord with gladness,” and WHY?
One morning a deacon was asked to go to the airport and meet the preacher who was coming to his church to conduct a revival. He went but was not sure as to what the preacher looked like. He carefully examined the passengers as they exited the plan. He was anxious to pick up the man he was to entertain but whom he had never met.
Selecting a likely fellow, he asked, “Pardon me, sir, but are you a minister?”
“No, sir!” came the reply. “My indigestion makes me look like this.” How prone people are to associate a sad face with godliness. However, sadness does not indicate godliness. A sad face is a tool the devil uses effectively to persuade people to turn away from God.
Are you serving the Lord with gladness?
Most of us know it by heart. Yet in the midst of all its lofty grandeur it explains to us why we are to be a thankful people - a people who serve the Lord with gladness.
See verse 5
We are to be thankful
I. For “the Lord is good.” - this is AN ESSENTIAL TRUTH
This sums up His character. The goodness of God is that which disposes Him to be kind, benevolent toward His children. The greatness of God rouses fear with in us, but His goodness encourages us to not be afraid of Him.
A preacher was one time greeting people after church and said to an elderly saint, "Ain’t God good."
She instantly replied, "He can’t help it."
All that comes from God—His decrees, His creation, His laws, His providence—cannot be otherwise than good.
Goodness only belongs to God; he is solely good. "There is none good but one; that is, God" is the assertion of Christ in Matthew 19:17 (quickview) . There is nothing but goodness in God, and nothing but goodness comes from Him.
Psalm107:8 “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness.”
I have heard people say, God has been good lately.” The truth is GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD.
Since the garden of Eden, Satan has tempted man to doubt the goodness of God. The worst thing that can happen to us is to get to the place in life where we think God is no longer good. To doubt the goodness of God is dangerous and treacherous ground and that the devil knows right well.
II. For “His mercy is everlasting,” - this is AN ETERNAL TRUTH
His mercy is everlasting. God is not mere justice, stern and cold; He has bowels of compassion and wills not the sinner’s death.
That mercy had no beginning, and shall never know an end. Mercy is an attribute of God which disposes God to be actively compassionate. Mercy never began to be but from eternity was son, and it will never cease to be. Lamentations 3:22 (quickview) , “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”