Some have inquired about what it means to meditate on Gods goodness. On how His goodness seems to have gotten relegated to little more than lost among His lesser thought- of- virtues. And then “POP!”(The Lord listens in on my conversations, thank God!) I ran across this piece when I was revisiting Dallas Willard by reading again from one of His devotionals. It is well worth a look, especially during this Easter season. -g.w.
Celebrating Gods Goodness
Psalm 24:1-2 (KJV) The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Three times a year, the Mosaic Law commanded a celebration in Jerusalem. It is hard to know how to emphasize the importance of this. We are so dried up, so oppressed and depressed, concerned and devoted, and overworked with so many supposedly good things, that the joy of celebrating God’s goodness is lost. Many people go about with the attitude that “the earth is the devil’s and the fullness thereof,” or “the earth belongs to someone who is giving me trouble.” Celebration is what is needed.
If we can’t celebrate the goodness of God, we don’t have much to go on. It is through celebration that the strength comes to do the thing that needs to be done when it needs to be done. Celebration, as a discipline, allows the power of God to flow through us better than almost anything else, and our efforts with the other disciplines won’t work very well without it. But it must be natural; it cannot be a forced experience.
People will tell you that you should praise the Lord, even when you feel like life has wrung every last drop of joy out of you. But we have to be careful with that because it might backfire on us and leave us even more juiceless than when we started.
The secret is celebrating God: taking the good things which are available, dwelling in them, enjoying them to their fullest, and thanking God for them. Nothing leads us to repentance like the goodness of God. It has truly transformed my life. It is in the celebration of good things that we rightly praise God. (AMEN! -g.w.)
Dallas Willard — “15 Day Devotional for a Life of Spiritual Growth”