God’s Self-Sufficient Goodness

“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.”Psalm 65:11

In God’s blessed provision we adore His goodness. “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Praise, glory, and honor belong to God alone, as stated by the psalmist in v1, “Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.” The cry of the Reformers was soli Deo gloria. Although we do, and should, praise our fellow man by way of encouragement, honor him by the way of blessing; and when we do so, it should be filled with love because the Holy Spirit is shed abroad in our hearts. Yet, there should be nothing of adoration in that praise or honor unto men. Adoration is reserved for Christ alone.

Adoring God is not a silent, stagnant thing for the saint in Christ. Adoration begets thanksgiving; therefore, we confess God’s goodness. The psalmist expresses it in the verse we are considering, You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance” (ESV). Our confession springs forth from the truth of Christ’s coronation. He truly is King of kings and Lord of lords. That Christ is King, our confession of God’s goodness is also a proclamation of the gospel unto others. Therefore, this confession is also a proclamation of the death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and return of Jesus Christ.

Our praise of Christ and our thanksgiving to Him should also bring us a more steadfast revelation that God’s goodness comes from Him alone. God is self-sufficient in all He is and does (Malachi 3:6). There are no requisites for Him to bless, neither are there circumstances that He must consider to withhold blessings of provision. He does so according to the counsel of His own will and according to His own good pleasure; and whether God bestows blessings or withholds blessing it is very good for it comes from God alone for His sake alone. This truth should humble us for God needs nothing of man.

God’s self-sufficiency demands His sovereignty. He must be sovereign since He is self-sufficient. Because Christ is sovereign, King and Lord over all, our faith may be strengthened; that’s because we can trust in His authority knowing that our own sufficiency is in Christ and Christ alone.

The truth of God’s self-sufficiency gives us the guiding light of the Holy Spirit. Because He is self-sufficient, having no need in Himself whatsoever, when we read, study, and meditate upon God’s Word; therefore, we may rightly divide the truth, cutting straight furrows for our understanding.

Additionally, and finally,  His self-sufficiency will provide us discernment by the guiding light of the Holy Spirit so we may validate whether a doctrine is from the Lord according to the scriptures. If a doctrine, or the details of a doctrine, oppose, diminish or remove the truth of God’s self-sufficiency, then that doctrine can be discarded.

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About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

4 Comments

  1. “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” Is 42:8

    “You shall have no other gods before me.” Ex 20:3

    No other gods, not even those of ‘pious’ works! God does not need us, but loves it when we are grateful, content, and obedient!

    Great post!!!

  2. Thank you for these great words of truth!

    “If a doctrine, or the details of a doctrine, oppose, diminish or remove the truth of God’s self-sufficiency, then that doctrine can be discarded.”

    These pitiful doctrines are definitely the theme of many of today’s pulpits aren’t they? How arrogant of us to think that this great and mighty God of all eternity needs the likes of us to help Him out! Praise God for His self sufficient goodness!! Your words remind me so much of Pink’s statement on the solitariness of God:

    “During eternity past, God was alone: self-contained, self-sufficient, self-satisfied; in need of nothing. Had a universe, had angels, had human beings been necessary to Him in any way, they also had been called into existence from all eternity. The creating of them when He did, added nothing to God essentially.”

    I hope all is well with you and Lisa brother Jon.

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