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