Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. (Psalm 73:1)
Do you have a foundational belief on which you stand? Something you can cling to regardless of what is going on around or within you? The Psalmist did—he made a declaration—and made his stand: Surely God is good to Israel.
The Hebrew word for surely has two uses: one is emphatic, the other is restrictive. So you can put an exclamation point behind the emphatic version: Surely God is good! Or because we understand Who God is and how He works, we use the restrictive version: Only God is good.
Christ Himself, the Son of God spoke to this: “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” (Luke 18:19)
The Hebrew word for good has numerous translations; the most frequent are: better, best, pleasing, and favorable. It describes excellence of quality, excellence of character, and that which is of a higher nature (a vague way of saying God…).
This verse has the only occurrence of God is good in the OT. However, the Lord is good occurs seven times:
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. (Psalm 34:8)
For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:5)
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant. (Psalm 135:3)
The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works. (Psalm 145:9)
Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever. (Jeremiah 33:11)
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. (Lamentations 3:25)
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. (Nahum 1:7)
So, how can you experience God’s goodness? In His refuge. In His love. In His faithfulness. In His mercy. In His care. And when you do, you will sing His praises—forever.