"The Atmosphere Will Change as You Declare God's Goodness"
By Helen Calder
Have you ever considered that one of the most powerful declarations you can make, is very
The Lord is good, and His mercy endures forever! (see Ps. 136:1)
I believe the Lord is emphasizing this word again as a glorious battle cry through His people! If you can relate to
feeling a restriction in the atmosphere, or melancholy, this word of encouragement is for you.
For the atmosphere of the Kingdom is "righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit" (see Rom. 14:17), and you are about to
breathe freely of Heaven's fresh air again.
A Battle Cry That Helped Win an Impossible War
A "battle cry" is a call or shout that rallies an army—one that can precipitate an advance!
• When Joshua led the Israelite army against Jericho, their battle cry was one final shout of victory (see Josh. 6:20).
- Later, when Gideon led his small band against the Midianites,
this was their cry: "The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon!" (see Judg. 7:20).
Then, there was the unusual case of King Jehoshaphat of Judah. He sent a choir ahead of the army singing, "Praise the LORD, for His mercy
endures forever," (see 2 Chron. 20:21).
Judah didn't have to engage in that battle, even though the odds were against them! As God moved, their enemies turned against each other.
Cloud of Glory Followed
God's goodness and His mercy come together in this power-packed statement. And it's one that you can declare: The Lord is good, and His mercy endures forever (see Ps. 136:1)!
This is the declaration of praise that preceded the cloud of God's glory filling the temple. As the Lord's weighty presence filled the room, the priests could not stand to minister (see 2 Chron. 5:13-14). It's also the cry of the psalmist in the face
of warfare (see Ps. 118).
Know That God Is Good "All the Time”!
The enemy wants you to doubt the goodness of God in your circumstances. Yet, in the face of the storm and the greatest
of threats, you can proclaim, "My God is good, and He is full of mercy toward me." And you will know that God's goodness is not dependent upon people, feelings or circumstances, for "good" is your Father's identity—it's who He is!
When Moses asked God, "Show me Your glory," God said, "I will make all of My goodness pass before you" (see Ex. 33:18-19).
Knowing God's Goodness Brings Security
Today, receive healing
to your heart and mind as you contemplate His kindness.
For God's goodness and kindness are unstoppable! There is never any time, or any moment, when He's not good and kind. You can rest secure in God's goodness, for He never changes and is always good.
Your Father is always kind and He is watching over you.
Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd" (see John 10:11). This truth is your assurance, your security and the rock that you stand on: The Lord is good, and His mercy endures
forever! (see Ps. 136:1).
Declaring God's Goodness!
The story of how King Jehoshaphat trusted the prophet's word and sent the choir before the army encourages us today, knowing that:
• in the face of pressure—in the face of obstacles—you have a simple declaration of praise at hand
• you may speak this confession quietly, yet it's a lion-like roar in the spiritual realm
• a word of truth silences demonic whispers; it dispels dark messages with a breath of life
I praise You, My God. For You are good and Your mercy endures forever!
His Goodness and Mercy
Are in Your Future!
His goodness is active right now, in your present! For His Spirit is within you, along with all His fruit of kindness and goodness (see Gal. 5:22).
These words of David
are a battle cry for someone today: "Yet I am confident I will see the LORD'S goodness while I am here in the land of the living..." (Ps. 27:13).
Secure in Christ, God's goodness is in your future—both in this lifetime
and in eternity. Throughout all your life, God's goodness and mercy will be like a mighty river, and you will be swept up in its current (see Ps. 23:6).
A Practice of Blessing
Maybe it's time
to pray through your home, workplace or any areas where there has been a specific challenge, especially if the atmosphere has been affected either long-term or recently.
Declare the goodness and mercy of God and see, by faith,
the enemy fleeing! Thank God for redeeming what has gone before and speak a prophetic word of blessing, in Jesus' name. A fresh wind of worship is here.
By Helen Calder
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321