As I was reading Psalm 51:12, I found David describing God as generous and it caught my attention. Anytime that happens, I know that God is trying to show me a part of His nature I’ve not quite seen so I looked the word up in dictionary.com and found this:
Openhanded; free; unstinting; persons who give to others something of value, or the acts of such people; liberal in giving; unselfish; free from meanness or smallness of mind or character.
So when David said, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit,” I believe he was describing a part of Gods nature that some of us have never seen before. Growing up, I always saw God with a lightening rod in His hand, waiting for me to do something stupid He could punish me for. I knew that He could be good, but wasn’t sure when that was going to happen.
Throughout Davids life, he cultivated relationship with God and knew His nature. He saw God stand beside him in battle, conquering over his enemies. He saw God restore his family and fortunes. He saw Him as a protector, a good Shepherd, leading and guiding him. He knew the joy that comes from the salvation of God, but most of all, that God’s generous Spirit held him up.
Father, thank you for your extreme generosity. I don’t have to do good to get good, I get Your goodness because of what Jesus did on the cross. I don’t have to work for it, do XYZ to find it, Your goodness is everlasting and Your mercy endures forever. Oh the joy I find when I think of Your salvation. I brought my brokenness to You and You made me whole. Not only that, but You don’t even remember what I did, the shame I carried with me everyday is gone as well. You’ve provided for all of my physical needs and my spiritual needs. You left nothing undone. Generous is Your nature. I want to be generous like You. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray this, Amen.