2 Chronicles 5:11-14 (NIV)
11 The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions.
12 All the Levites who were musicians–Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives–stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets.
13 The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud,
14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.
How often do I hear the accusation about God when those who do not know Him accuse Him of not being good? Most often, they base their thinking from the Old Testament. The accusation goes something like this,” How can God be good if he orders the entire destruction of villages that include both men and women and little children and even animals?”
They continue to selectively read the Old Testament passages and do their best to come up with more ammunition to accuse God of not being good. Usually, when their words end, I see a small smile on their faces as if to say, “You surely cannot have an answer to that statement. It is, after all, true. We have even quoted from your Old Testament. How can you even continue to worship a God like this?”
My reply goes something like this, “I am sure you think you have all the evidence you need to pass judgment on God. Nevertheless, for the sake of argument, let us assume we are in a courtroom today. The evidence you have presented is only your view of the evidence. It is very far removed from the actual scene of the crimes you have accused God.
My question today is, are there any eyewitnesses of these atrocities you speak about? What do the eyewitnesses of these so-called atrocities testify to? If we are going to accuse God, we need the best possible evidence by which to do that.
“Your honor,” speaking to those who would accuse God, “I have here a record of several thousand witnesses that were alive at the time in which our most worthy prosecutor was not even a sparkle in his parent’s eye.
I present to you for evidence the written record of these several thousand witnesses. I only ask that you hear their testimony since they were the ones who actually witnessed these “so-called” atrocities.”
“Let the record indicate their written testimony from the actual scene of the crime.”
“Listen now to their testimony.”
“He is good, and his love endures forever.”
Your honor, could you please reread these words in case I have misread them. We need to be sure of what they said.
The prosecuting crowd begins to read.
“God is good, and his love endures forever.”
“Excuse me; I could not hear the words clearly when you were reading them.” I retort.
‘God is good, and his love endures forever,” the prosecuting attorney reads a little louder now.
“But I want you to note that they did not just tell them, they put these words to music of the most excellent kind. Cymbals and trumpets, and harps and lyres. It appears to me that these witnesses were so convinced of the truth of these words they could not help but put to them to music.”
My argument would continue, ‘What evidence do we possess in the present that supports the statement that God is not good?” I would then look around the room and ask the question a few more times.
“It appears to me that the only evidence we have is that of the accusers who are more than two thousand years removed from the scene of the crime. And yet we possess the statements of over several thousand who not only say that God is good, but they have written and produced a symphony to state this very point.”
“By the sheer volume of eyewitnesses to the statement that God is good and his love endures forever and that we have no conflicting eye witness testimony to the contrary. I make a motion that this case, ‘Accusing God of not being good.’ be thrown out due to lack of evidence.”
“Let the record show that God is Good! His Love does Endure Forever!”
Now hear the words dear Saint, “Case Dismissed!”
It really is true God is good, and his love does endure forever; you have no reason to fear.