Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6b
When Jesus finds us in our mess, how to you think he handles our doubts? He keeps following us. He pursues us until we finally see Him. Even if it takes all the days of our lives.
I personally love this verse. Each word sparkles and begs to be examined in the face of our doubts: goodness, mercy, all the days, dwell in the house of the Lord, forever. And all my doubts are swept away like the sand from the beach.
Look at the very first word: surely. David didn’t say: “Maybe goodness and mercy shall follow me.” Or “Possibly goodness and mercy shall follow me.” He believed in a sure God, who makes promises and provides for a sure foundation.
Our moods shift, but God’s doesn’t. Our minds may change, but God doesn’t. Our devotion may falter, but God’s never does. He is a sure God, which is why David, and we, can say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
After surely, comes goodness and mercy. Not goodness alone, for we are sinners in need of mercy. Not mercy alone, for we are fragile, in need of goodness. Goodness and mercy … all the days of my life! What a huge statement!
Think of the days you have ahead, and what do you see? Days in a dead-end job? He will walk you through. Days of loneliness? He will take your hand. Not some days, not most days, but all the days of your life! He will follow you.
What a way to see God. We envision Him as on the throne. Dare you envision a God who pursues you with goodness and mercy? There are many areas in the Bible He does exactly that. Starting in Genesis in the garden when He seeks Adam. God followed Moses into the wilderness. And he followed Jonah onto the ocean.
God is the God who follows. Through the kindness of a stranger. The majesty of a sunset. Through the innocent questions of a child or words well spoken. Have you sensed His presence? If so, set down your doubts and don’t be bothered with them anymore. You can trust God.
Sometimes we’ve doubted the source of our help, but still He has helped us. Sometimes we’ve refused His gifts, but He still gives them. Not only does he offer them, but He puts them in our path. Even when we choose our hovel over His house, our trash over His grace, still He follows. Never will He leave us. Patiently persistent. Faithfully present. Using all of His power to convince us that he is who He is and can be trusted to lead us home.
His goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives. HALLELUJAH!!