The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.
Those are the words that always come out of my mouth… as a whisper, as a praise, as a declaration, as a reminder.
I remember when my husband, Tod, was attending Rhema Bible Training Center, the founder, Brother Hagin (as we all affectionately called him), would always say these same words. After he would teach or preach, he would have the worship team come up as he listened to the leading of the Holy Spirit on what to do next. And most often than not, he would begin to pray for people.
I realize now how his sensitivity to the Holy spirit and his declaration, “The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever,” were very much entwined. You see God is good. And He is very merciful. So as Bro. Hagin listened, watched, whispered, and praised God, the Holy Spirit was showing him where (and on whom) to minister God’s goodness and mercy.
It should be like a breath to us:
Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 106:1)
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34)
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:29)
For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100:5)
It should be the first words out of our mouth when anything good happens:
And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. (Ezra 3:11)
When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 7:3)
It should be our shout of victory at the realization we’ve been set free:
The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: “Praise the Lord of hosts, For the Lord is good, For His mercy endures forever”—and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the Lord. (Jeremiah 33:11)
It should be our call for God to invade our lives:
Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. (2 Chronicles 5:13-14)
It should be our song of gratitude:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6)
In other words, it should always be on our lips, in our heart, and on our mind.
I just wanted to remind you today… The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever!