PSALM 86:17

SCRIPTURE: “Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”(Psalm 86:17 NIV)

Is it wrong to ask God to show himself, to prove Himself, to give us a “sign” of His goodness? 
The Israelites are rebuked and disciplined many times for putting God to the test, for insisting on more evidence of His goodness and power than He’s already abundantly provided (Psalm 78:41-51).

But here the psalmist’s motives are clearly not for his own benefit. He is not doubting God or demanding that the Lord demonstrate His character in a tangible way just so he will feel better. Rather, he wants the evidence of God’s loving presence to rebuke and shame the people who have no faith in the Almighty, to whom the psalmist owes his life. Like the prophet Micah, we need not hesitate to pray that God will help and honor us so that His glory will be revealed to the arrogant and unbelieving (Micah 7:8-10)                                                                                           




Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
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