Clachaig Falls at Glen Coe with the hills of Stob Coire nam Beith and An t-Sron, Scotland.

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23:6 (NASB)

In our last post we met with what the Shepherd is doing in our present realm, today we reach the final verse of this great Psalm and see the hope for our future.

Notice that “goodness and lovingkindness (mercy in KJV) will follow me.” Throughout Psalm 23 the sheep follow the Shepherd. Goodness and mercy following the sheep is the reward for following the Shepherd. If we want the benefits  of being a child of God, we must follow Him each day. Let us elaborate on the goodness and mercy/lovingkindness of God.

In Psalm 31:19 the psalmist tells us that God reserves His goodness for those who fear Him and actively take refuge in Him. We are called to believe His Word and to apply it to our lives, it is only then that His goodness and mercy follows us. Psalm 25:10 assures us that “All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep His covenant  and His testimonies.” Thus as a repentant sinner following God I am assured of His goodness and mercy, “all the days of my life” as are you too.

The final line of Psalm 23 is a supreme note of confidence, that can only come from belief in Almighty God. As children of God we seek the shelter of dwelling in His House, now and in eternity (Psalm 27:4). In His Tabernacle we are concealed, protected and lifted up (Psalm 27:5).

Dear reader, let us rejoice in the presence of our Shepherd and in His provision. But also rejoice in our future hope before us in eternity; as a response to the last line of Psalm 23 let us joyfully proclaim together these words of Psalm 27:6“And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

17 thoughts on “A Future Hope

    1. Thank you for reading Faye. I felt a deep need to delve into this verse from my soul, guided by His Spirit. I am blessed that it has born good fruit for you my dear sister. May our Father God bless you and David.


  1. Brother, you shared several of my favorite Psalms all in one post! Psalm 25:10 would be tattooed on my right arm—if I was a tattoo person. God’s goodness and love with us all the days of our lives. For what more could we ask? I’ve enjoyed your Psalm 23 series, brother. May I suggest you do the same with the Beatitudes our Lord Jesus shared in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5)? God’s best to you.

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    1. David thank you for your great encouragement. You always read and comment so wisely and positively it lifts my heart every time. The Psalm 23 series was a surprise to me, I certainly had not planned it. Have you read Mandy’s series on the Beatitudes? I commend them highly to you. In the meantime I will make a note for the future in my prayer journal brother. God bless you and the family.


      1. Not sure what blog Mandy is associated with. You and I follow many of the same blogs, but not all. I’d love to read her series on the Beatitudes though. I’d better type fast, it’s 1 am in Scotland!

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  2. Great reminder Alan. We do desire to receive the Lord’s goodness and mercy all the days of our lives, but the verse does not end there. It has an “and” – a requirement of us – to dwell, or to live, in the house of the Lord forever. We cannot expect to receive the first half of the verse without applying the latter.

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