“How blessed is the one whom You chose to bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.” (65:4)
I don’t know how the LORD got such a bad rap, but don’t you think He’s mostly associated with things that make you not want to be around Him? He’s a judge… so He’s judgy? He’s holy… so He’s holier than thou? He’s perfect… so He’s a goody two shoes? He’s awesome… so He’s scary? He’s lofty… so He’s boring?
This reminds me of the snake in the garden asking Eve, “can you really not eat from any of these beautiful trees?” We’ve been questioning His goodness from the beginning.
Many years of misrepresentation have put these ideas forth, but really, what is true?
The truth is, the closer you are to Him, the BETTER. His Presences is light and healing and joy and hope and altogether GOOD. Those who He draws closer are BLESSED! They are the lucky ones to be NEAR Him.
It is our sad, broken tendency to run away, and even to paint Him in an unflattering light. That will never make it true. It will never actually diminish His glory.
One of my favorite lyrics, ever, is from an old Christian band in the ’90’s (The Waiting) who sang, “Your glory, LORD, is still a burning light, a light that all our faithless hands could never dim.”
He doesn’t go bad, just because He may be perceived as bad.
“Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar.” (Romans 3:4)