The Pursuit of the Shepherd (Psalm 23:6)
Psalm 23:6, 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.
David says, "Surely”, or “without a doubt", goodness and mercy will follow me. Goodness and mercy will surely follow us because God does not fail us. We may fail Him, but He never fails to bless us. He always finishes what He starts in our lives. While the rest of the world pursues goodness and mercy, we have God’s goodness and mercy pursuing us! Goodness and mercy are the sheep dogs in our lives to keep us moving forward for Christ. They "shall follow" us.
The word "follow" means "to pursue, to run after, to put to flight or chase." This word is usually used in a hostile sense of an animal pursuing its prey, but here it is used in a benevolent way. These graces seek us out when we walk with the Lord and make Him the shepherd of our lives. What a blessing to know that these things are following us.
Shepherds often have sheep dogs that keep the sheep from wandering. The divine shepherd has two sheepdogs named “goodness” and “mercy.” Sometimes, they bark and nip at you when you wander from the fold. But, they do so with the intent of driving you back into fellowship with your shepherd. With the Shepherd staying with us through life’s journey, we will receive constant guidance, help, kindness and support. No matter what happens, we can trust God to work for our good in all circumstances Romans 8:28. We may go through horrible trials which we don’t understand at the time. But we can always look back and say, “Ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good” (Genesis 50:20).
Goodness – “good things, prosperity, happiness, or bounty. “
Mercy - "loving kindness or faithfulness."
· God's goodness takes care of my steps and His mercy takes care of my stumbles.
· His goodness meets our needs and His mercy forgives all our faults.
·His goodness leads to repentance and His mercy leads to regeneration.
· Goodness caused the prodigal son to come back home and mercy ran to meet the son.
· Goodness is God's hand and mercy is God's heart.
God has made it clear that His sheep will never be deserted.
Return and submit to the great Shepherd of the sheep (Hebrews 13:20), our Lord Jesus Christ. He gave His life for His sheep (John 10:11), and by His stripes, we are healed (I Peter 2:24). If you have gone astray, return to Him (I Peter 2:25), because He knows His sheep, and they know Him (John 10:14). He will welcome you. And our future is secure. We will always be in God’s fold, in this life and in eternity! He loves and cares so much for us! We are the most blessed sheep in the world, so why go elsewhere?
PRAYER: Father, thank You for presence in my life although I often fail You. In Jesus Name AMEN!
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