A Good, Every Good Transcending

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and said, ‘Who am I, O LORD GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?  And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O LORD GOD. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, O LORD GOD! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O LORD GOD! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, O LORD GOD. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And who is like your people,.. whom you redeemed for yourself?  And you established for yourself your people to be your people forever. And you, O LORD, became their God.” 2 Samuel 7:18-24

David wanted to build God a temple, and God responded by promising to build David a house, a kingdom and throne through Jesus Christ that would be forever. David, overwhelmed, breaks out in glad and humble praise. God knows him, the depths of his heart, and still would lavish such love, such mercy, such hope for secure, joyful eternity?


Isn’t it true that our LORD GOD (the highest and holiest form of God’s name, which David used) is able and bountiful in doing far more than we ask or imagine? We seek help, He gives deep wisdom. We ask for fellowship, He gives His presence that never leaves. We want a specific blessing, He gives a good that every good transcends, beyond all we can even understand is good, by providing us eternal salvation and every spiritual blessing in Jesus. When He meets our requests with this kind of answer, we cannot help but be filled with gladness that spills over with endless praise! (Ephesians 1:3; 3:20; Philippians 4:19; Hebrews 13:5)

“O let your soul now be filled with gladness,
Your heart redeemed, rejoice indeed!
O may the thought banish all your sadness,
That in His blood you have been freed,
That God’s unfailing love is yours,
That you the only Son were given,
That by His death He has opened heaven,
That you are ransomed as you are.

“It is a good, every good transcending,
That Christ has died for you and me!
It is a gladness that has no ending
There in God’s wondrous love to see!
Praise be to Him the spotless Lamb,
Who through the desert my soul is leading
To that fair city of joy exceeding,
For which He bought me as I am!”  ~Peter Jonsson Aschan (1726-1813)

All our desires pale in comparison to God’s plans for us. All our longings of the flesh are transformed in His holy economy to be fulfilled in Jesus. We can never out-hope or out-give God’s grace. (Psalm 38:9; 87:7)

My Holy LORD, may I ever rejoice at Your abundant goodness to me in Christ, with gladness that is unending and contagious.

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