Nahum 1 : 1-7
1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2 God [is] jealous and the LORD revengeth the LORD revengeth and [is] furious the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries and he reserveth [wrath] for his enemies.
3 The LORD [is] slow to anger and great in power and will not at all acquit [the wicked]: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm and the clouds [are] the dust of his feet.
4 He rebuketh the sea and maketh it dry and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth and Carmel and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
5 The mountains quake at him and the hills melt and the earth is burned at his presence yea the world and all that dwell therein.
6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire and the rocks are thrown down by him.
7 The LORD [is] good a strong hold in the day of trouble and he knoweth them that trust in him.
THE LORD IS GOOD
The name Nahum means "comfort” is a strange name for this book because the book of Nahum is a book of judgment. It is a book of harsh pronouncements
Nahum’s message is one of judgment. In verse 1 Nahum refers to his message as a “burden.” This word means “heavy.” His message is a heavy message because it is a message of doom gloom and judgement
hile Nahum’s message is one of judgment and wrath there is one bright spot. I am referring to verse 7. In the midst of all the words of wrath anger and doom this verse stands like a shining beacon of hope on a dark and stormy night.
I want to park in verse 7 today. I want to borrow the words of Nahum where he says “The Lord is good”
Nahum clearly says “The Lord is good.” This statement is made against the clear backdrop of God’s judgment on the Assyrians. Consider the context of verses 2-6.
This should encourage us today because our nation like the ancient Assyrians has wandered far away from God. The Assyrians were the vilest meanest people of that era. But they were no more vile and evil then the people of America are today. We have reviled God’s law we have ignored God’s word and we have found countless ways to cut God out of our lives. As a result America is a nation under judgment today.
turmoil in our society the upheaval in our economy and the steady decline in our morality Even in the midst of judgment “The Lord is good!”
Regardless of the realm of life: finances government people pain problems sickness or even death “The Lord is good!”
We are living in hard times but “The Lord is good!” In fact He is good to all people in all places in all situations and at all times. (Ill. Psalm 145:9) in spite of how things look feel or appear “The Lord is good!” That is the assurance we have in all situations circumstances and conditions of life.
The fact is “The Lord is good!” Consider Psalm 34:8 Psalm 100:5 Psalm 135:3 Psalm 145:9. All these verses teach us the same truth they teach us that “The Lord is good!” He is always good! Consider Romans 8:28.
It’s easy for us to say “The Lord is good” when life is going well but it doesn’t change the fact that “The Lord is good” even when times are bad. The Lord is good all the time and in every way.
Chapter 1 of the book of Nahum declares the greatness of God. But the one word that best describes His unchanging nature is the word “good”. “The Lord is good!”
If you don’t get anything else out of this message remember the fact that “The Lord is good!”
Nahum reminds the embattled people of God that God is “a stronghold in the day of trouble.” the word “stronghold” means “a place of safety protection and refuge a safe harbor in the storm.”
Sooner or later we will all need to stronghold. Trouble will come to us all eventually. (Job 5:7 Job 14:1) the word “trouble” refers to “distress straights or trouble.” It speaks of those times when life closes in around us and the pressures of life come against us. In those times the people of God have a refuge. Consider: Psalm 73:1 Deuteronomy 33:27 Psalm 27:5 Psalm 46:1 Psalm 50:15 Proverbs 18:10 Isaiah 43:2.
We have a place to which we can flee in the day of trouble a place for the hurts and horrors of life cannot follow us. There is a place of safety for the people of God.