Seeing the goodness of God!


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it…” (Psalm 86:17)
I believe that there is a God, and that God is good.
Though I cannot see God, I see signs of God all around me.
That’s not all I see; I also see signs of evil and misery.
Many times I feel like David in this Psalm – ‘do something good, God!!!’
I share David’s belief that God is ultimately compassionate and gracious.
Slow to anger, and overflowing in love and faithfulness (v.15).
Honestly, I have to believe this, otherwise I’m not sure I could go on.
Although I see evil, I choose to focus on God and good and hope.
And I keep praying, like David, to see signs of goodness.
Sometimes I’m praying for God to do something good.
Other times I’m praying for eyes to see it, because the signs are there.
Acts of kindness, miracles, friends that care, unexpected gifts.
I want to see it, but I want others to see it too, even ‘enemies’.
If all of us would focus on seeing and being good, our world would change!
Lord, help us to focus on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — on anything that is excellent or praiseworthy – so that we may see you!


  1. “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” I know that God is faithful – but I am not. I am divided sometimes – sometimes I rely on myself. What a mistake – one I’ve had to learn many times over. Its because of who God is and how we honour Him – that He will enable us to be a blessing to all whose lives we have the privilege of serving – of connecting with – thank you Jesus for the gift of you HS! Keep me on the faithful path!

  2. Teach me Your way O God. I need to walk in His SonShine every day seeing His presence always. Lead me and guide me in my ‘pilgrim’s progress’ as I continue my travels in Your strength and power. That way others may also see Christ Jesus living in me. In that way I am able as far as it depends upon me to live at peace with all for the love of God is gracious and merciful. Help me to be an instrument of Your peace.

    Make me a servant
    Humble and meek
    Lord let me lift up
    Those who are weak
    And may the prayer
    Of my heart always be
    Make me a servant
    Make me a servant
    Make me a servant today

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