Songs

The Goodness of God

Music and lyrics by Ed Cash, Ben Fielding, Jason Ingram, Brian Johnson and Jenn Johnson.
Originally released on November 1, 2019 on Bethel Music’s album Victory.

Lyrics

I love You, Lord, Oh Your mercy never fails me
All my days, I’ve been held in Your hands
From the moment that I wake up Until I lay my head
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

Cause all my life You have been faithful And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

I love Your voice You have led me through the fire
And in darkest night You are close like no other
I’ve known You as a Father I’ve known You as a Friend
And I have lived in the goodness of God, yeah

‘Cause Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
With my life laid down, I’m surrendered now I give You everything
‘Cause Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me, oh-ohh

But, is it worship?

I would have to start quickly and definitively by saying YES. What makes this song so interesting is that the principal focus seems to be on I and me, yet the song is a love song to God. There are many songs that have tried to call themselves that but they usually end up just being a love song to me with a little affection for God thrown in on the side.

I think one of the main reasons this song accomplishes that almost rare feat is the complete lack of confidence in the flesh. “Your mercy never fails me.” Why would that be a concern if I were not utterly in need of that mercy? “You have led me through the fire.” Not “You have helped me through the fire” or “You have walked with me through the fire” but You’ve led me. That’s an accurate rendering of the human condition. First, we are indeed in the fire. Second, we need out of the fire. And third, there’s only one way out, and that’s God leading. Think of Psalm 23. “He leads me beside still waters.” “He leads me in the paths of righteousness. I’m also reminded of the hymn, “He Leadeth Me.”

Sometimes ‘mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, o’er troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.


He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful foll’wer I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

That’s perspective! Along with that comes the often overlooked concept of God chasing us. The bridge says, “Your goodness is running after me.” Too often we forget that we did not seek God out. He sought after us. He redeemed us. We are the pearl of great price, purchased at great cost.

One last thought: The line, “I’ve know You as a Father, I known You as a friend…” That line captures the complexity of our relationship with a triune God. Jesus called us brothers. The Holy Spirit is our companion. And still there is God the Father, called terrible in the Old Testament, perfect, holy, righteous, to great to be seen face to face in this existence. All those facets work together to give us a complete relationship with a complete God.

If you’re going to worship – in other words, use worship as a verb specifically tied to music in the congregational setting – this song is an amazing way to praise an amazing God, and to sing of His immeasurable, unfathomable goodness.

God is good.

P.S. If you’ve got the time, look up the CeCe Winans version of this song. It’s wonderful.

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