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On Psalm 23, verse 6

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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10:47 am

Psalm 23 has often been read at memorial services. It is a beautiful Psalm that brings comfort, peace and hope to those who hear it. It tells us that God is our shepherd and He takes care of us.

I would like to focus on Psalm 23:6 where it says, “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.”

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow David and all of us Christ followers today. It is a beautiful reminder of how God loves us. Did you know the word “follow” in Hebrew is Radaph, which actually means to pursue, chase or persecute?

There is a nuance that something or somebody would follow persistently. If you look at how this verb is used throughout the Bible, it is most often used to mean pursue and chase. Almost like hound dogs chasing David. When hound dogs chase you, they don’t let you get away easily. They keep chasing you, like devil dogs would.

I see God’s goodness and mercy chasing David and us Christ followers as “devil dogs” would. Devil dogs never give up. Devil dogs are persistent and accomplish goals.

It is also powerful to see the verse continue to say, “All the days of my life.” You may be away from God for a while. You may not feel the love of God today. But, God’s goodness and mercy has never left you and is not going to. God loves you with divine, incomprehensible love. If Marines, “devil dogs” can be so persistent, how much more is God persistent to bless and love us?

The verse does not end there. David continues to sing, “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Which is a longer period of time? “All the days of someone’s life” or “forever”? Obviously, it is “forever” because there is no end to forever. Here we see David knowing that God’s goodness and mercy will continue to pursue him, and it leads him to desire and sing that he is going to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

God loves us first, and his love is so strong that it moves us to desire to be in the presence of God forever. Is it your desire to be with God continuous today? Do you long for fellowship with God and to be led by his Spirit forever? It is my prayer that we all draw closer to God continually as we serve God and our country.

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