There are times when we seek God by seeking silence. (Psalm 62) There are times when God silences us with goodness. (Psalm 65)
Great people draw us like a moth to a lamp. We are hungry for that multiplied goodness we call greatness. We try to get good by being near great people. And we assume, the greater the person, the greater the life we can derive from that person. But the life we get by being near others, even great people, doesn’t satisfy us for long. So, a lot of people are walking around with chronic frustration in relationships. Few work well. None seem to do what they are suppose to do. None of them really satisfy.
Psalm 65 is a promising contrast to our frustrated longing for goodness. David invites us to admire and relish the goodness of God and in His presence, finally, to be satisfied, just as he writes: (v.4) We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.
Two Places where God’s goodness are most evident
The first place where God’s goodness is evident is in Worship. David speaks of being in God’s house, ever praising Him. God’s house is the place where God meets with His people, reveals His name and enters into fellowship. All people are called to worship. Everyone prays at some point in their lives. Then there are those who “dwell in His courts”. Whether it is the distant hope of answered prayer or the experience of His daily presence, God is good and makes that goodness known in worship.
God’s goodness can also be seen in God’s world. See His provision and care for the world? For people, for plants and animals, for the rocks, soil and sea? David sees the reign of God’s goodness extending out of God’s presence in Zion into all the earth.
“How can I partake of this goodness I know I must have?”
The ultimate frustration is to see the goodness of God and not draw near. David recites the problem. The great God reveals His goodness and we have committed iniquity and transgressed against Him. The taste of goodness seems lost. Then, goodness upon goodness, He forgives. The word means to cover or atone. The greatest goodness of the good God was carried out on Good Friday, when Jesus stood in the place of sinners and reconciled them to God. We were made for God. We were made to know and live out of His goodness. In Christ we do. “And we will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.”
Now we can draw near to God in worship and in the world, in the goodness of grace and in the goodness of creation (“every good and perfect gift comes from above…”). And so we end by revisiting verse 1. Such an intimate relationship with God produces silence, praise and obedience (performance of vow) and people hungry for something good are drawn to us like a moth to a lamp — a lamp that shows the way to Good Friday and the God of great goodness.