“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
Psalm 23 is the most well-known psalm in the bible. Untold numbers of sermons have been prepared and preached on it, countless books have been written and printed in attempts to set forth its life, depth, richness, and beauty.
Doubtlessly, much more will still be written and spoken concerning this charming pastoral symphony, and after that, much more shall remain yet to be said of this inspirational Davidic psalm.
Today, let us also extract something out from the 6th verse of this Psalm; “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
In Christ, we are guaranteed of goodness and mercy. What is this goodness?
According to the Hebrew writer, goodness here means, “gladness, happiness, the prosperity of man’s sensuous nature, it also means welfare, excellence, and pleasant benefits.
Whoo-hoo! Beloved saints, look at the goodness that surely follows you today, tomorrow, and all the days of your life!
And what is this mercy? In context, mercy here has to do with remission and restoration. As the believer walks in the path of salvation, sometimes he will fall and miss the mark of righteousness, but when he does fall, the Shepherd will remit him and restore him to the path of righteousness.
In other words, the responsibility of your life is no longer your own, but the Shepherd’s. You have a Shepherd, Jesus Christ who is totally and squarely in charge of your life. You may as well choose to be careless in His cares for you, and He will still take care you, together with all your lots.
See the benefit of walking under the shade of your Shepherd’s goodness and mercy! Psalms 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Selah!
Do you realize that the writer is using a third person’s tone? “yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken…”
Child of God, someone has to be in charge of you to ensure that you are not forsaken; someone has to be in charge of you to ensure that you lack no bread; someone has to be in charge of you to ensure that you are constantly happy.
But the lie of the devil says, you are in charge of your own life. You have been convinced that you are in charge of your happiness, your family, your health, and your protection. It is a lie. You have a shepherd. He is in charge of you . To be in Christ means, you are of Christ.
Christ as your Shepherd is responsible for your goodness and mercy, not just today, or only when you have done something good in church, but throughout the days of your life. Hallelujah!
I Love You!
Father, I thank You for this Word. I begin to move in the awareness that goodness and mercy are following me right now, they continue to follow me even tomorrow, and they will keep following me all the days of my life. I am guarded by goodness on my left hand, and by mercy on my right hand. I live with boldness and confidence all the days of my life because I have a Shepherd in charge of me. Amen
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