Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Psalm 23, Verse 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.

Now, we come to a verse I don't have much to say about.  Not because it's not important.  Not because there aren't things to say. But here we have the result of all the things talked about in the preceding five verses.  Following the Shepherd, recognizing the beneficence of all God's thoughts and actions toward us, resting & trusting in all that.  Those all lead to the conclusion that goodness and mercy will be an integral part of my experience, forever. Because I will have been drawn to the inescapable conclusion that all my experiences, good and bad, are for my growth and blessing. Once that becomes core to my thinking, the brightest of times become brighter and the darkest of times are no longer quite so dark.

The second part of the verse isn't quite so obvious from the previous verses.  But there's an unstated, underlying Truth that leads to the conclusion that I'll live with God eternally.  In order for all the previous verses to be true, there's an understood basis that I've accepted that God has a rightful place in my life and I'm willing to give Him that place.  Because He's shown His love and protection before. As 1John 4:17-19 says, "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us."  His love for us draws out our love and trust.

God never expects us to come to Him without His first giving us a reason to.  And it may be the good things that do that for us.  Or we may need what seem like not so nice experiences to see the contrast.  If you haven't realized the importance of a relationship with God and how great His love is for you, I urge you to consider that now!  And I'll make a suggestion to help with that.  Go through the posts here about each of the verses in this Psalm.  Then take at least 5 minutes to a half hour (more, if you have the time) after each reading to consider how that relates to God's love for you specifically.  The decision about what your relationship with God will be is the most important decision you can ever make.  It has eternal consequences. So, take the time to consider how much He wants that relationship with Him to be positive and heaven bound.

Till next time, please continue in prayer for Libby.

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