Friday, July 3, 2015

Psalms 23:6 -- On Goodness and Mercy

"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."
Psalms 23:6

This is something that we may have heard many times, but today as I was reading it, it seemed to be a strong reminder of how we need to trust in the Lord and have faith.  Often, when things go wrong we blow things up in our minds and thing that things are always going to go wrong, and that they will never go right, and that we might as well give up and why do we try anyway, and what is the point of all of it, etc. :)  Contrast that with the supreme confidence of this verse.  *Surely* goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives.  The rest of the Psalm reminds us that even when things go sideways, as they sometimes will, and even when bad things happen, there is no reason to fear.  Because God is with us.  He guides us with his law and his word.
Today let's remember that goodness and mercy are following us all around, kind of like puppies. :)  They won't give up, and they won't be driven away, and when we're sad, they are going to come over all warm and furry and start licking us. :)  Maybe not a good analogy for non-dog people, but still. :) Dwelling in the house of the Lord forever ... sounds like a happy ending. :)  Not one to be afraid of. God is always there.  He will never stop blessing us, and helping us, and if we trust him and believe his words, then we have no reason to fear or run away, and *every* reason to be bold in doing good and working to change the world for the better. :)  

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