The ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called “Tet.” The vowel sound is pronounced like the vowel sound in the word “late.” The numeric value for this letter is 9.
Tet ט Prayer Focus: God’s Goodness!
God is the Creator of all things, and He is GOOD. It is the very nature of God to create things that are good and that benefit all of creation, especially humanity. The creation story in Genesis describes how God spoke the world into existence and called all He had done GOOD.
First, He separated the light from the darkness and said that it was GOOD. Next, God separated the waters of the earth to create the sky. He then created the land and sea and said that it was GOOD. God then began to create plants and vegetation that would bear fruit and be able to be cultivated and replenished, and he saw that it was GOOD.
God then created the sun and the moon to mark daytime and nighttime, and He called it GOOD. He then created fish and birds and told them to increase in number, and he saw that this was GOOD. God then created animals that live on the ground that were able to produce offspring and He saw that it was GOOD. Then, God created humanity, in His own image, and gave all of the good things He had already created over to the man and the woman.
God admired all that He had done and declared that it was VERY GOOD.
“Tet” ט can be a puzzling letter because it not only affirms the inherent goodness of God, but also acknowledges that God also has made an allowance for the existence of evil. In Genesis 1:4 (NIV) we read that “…God saw that the light was good, and he separated it from the darkness.”
“Tet” points to the fact that God’s sovereignty, or authority, is not only for the good things that we experience, but also for the bad things we experience. It is unavoidable that our lives will have trials, pain, lack, sadness, despair and confusion. What we can find comfort in, is the fact that God is GOOD. He holds us through it all and has not left us alone in it. He is way too GOOD to leave us.
Think about these verses:
Isaiah 45:7 NLT
“I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.”
I Chronicles 16:34 NLT
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”
Psalm 23:6 NLT
“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”
Acts 14:17 NLT
“…but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.”
1 Peter 2:9 NLT
“But you are not like that, you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out the darkness into his wonderful light.”
“I have told you all of this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
- What are the good things in my life? Give God thanks for those things!!
- What are the hard things in my life? Ask God for what you need, He is GOOD and will answer your prayer.
We’ve covered a lot of verses today, but here are a few more scriptures to meditate on as we pray together:
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Matthew 7:11 | Romans 8:28 | James 1:17-18
Section ט of Psalm 119
Psalms 119:64-72 (NET) ט (Tet)
65 You are good to your servant,
O LORD, just as you promised.
66 Teach me proper discernment and understanding!
For I consider your commands to be reliable.
67 Before I was afflicted I used to stray off,
but now I keep your instructions.
68 You are good and you do good.
Teach me your statutes!
69 Arrogant people smear my reputation with lies,
but I observe your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are calloused,
but I find delight in your law.
71 It was good for me to suffer,
so that I might learn your statutes.
72 The law you have revealed is more important to me
than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.