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 Forever”
Anyone can start a journey, it matters a lot how you finish. I notice the way David begins strong and finishes strong. We see his hopes rise, and his faith is strengthened, by being exercised. Observe what he promises himself, “goodness and mercy”.
All the streams of mercy flowing from the fountain, pardoning mercy, protecting mercy, sustaining mercy, supplying mercy will follow him as he lives in obedience according to the One who has called him. He knows his total dependency is on God of host. There is nothing he can do of himself but trust and obey.
In talking about goodness, I find this hymn “Trust and obey” beautifully fitting with what David encourages us with. “When we walk with the Lord in the light of His word, what a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Chorus, Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”, You trust and obey, goodness and mercy shall follow you. At our 2010 leadership retreat, my pastor Gregg Johnson shared something powerful, he said, “God leads, we obey, He supplies”(paraphrased)”, not the other way round.
Goodness supplies our needs, and mercy blots out our sins. Exodus 33:19, “And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion”. Psalm 33:5, “He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD”, Romans 2:4, “…knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”
“….And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever”. In his conclusion, he talks about dwelling in the house of the Lord. This means not stopping by or passing by but rather living in the house of the Lord. It even has a deeper meaning, it is dwelling IN the Lord. We are housed in the Lord everywhere we go. He is the foundation and the builder on His foundation, we dwell in what He has built. Listen to David in Psalm 84:1-12, “1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 8 Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob. 9 Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you”. In the Divine Shepherd we trust, He is all we need, blessings Ev