Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever! Psalm 23:6
This is an amazing ending to this Psalm…this song! The Shepherd King looks back on his life of mountains and valleys…a life of waywardness and thriving and he lands on goodness and mercy being with him for all the days of his life.
And not just goodness and mercy randomly out there being bumped into now and then. NO! The picture here is goodness and mercy pursuing David, running after David, chasing David; you could even say stalking David (in the very best sense, of course!) This king knew that any effectiveness he had throughout his life was directly impacted by God’s goodness and mercy chasing after him; day in and day out; month after month and year and year. In the good days and the bad David was pursued by God in all His goodness and mercy!
There is a sure connection for David between verse 6 and the previous verse 5. If we feast at God’s table, if we are anointed with pouring oil, and our cup overflows…It is ALL God…AND all that feasting, pouring and overflowing pursues us and should be shared and outpoured and spilled over wherever we go and with whomever we meet. We shouldn’t just splash around in the excess and get fattened on the feast. In fact, Jesus has very strong words for any sheep (in or out of His pasture) who settle for splashing and fattening up!
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. Matthew 23:25
Let’s not be Pharisees!!
David was no Pharisee, either! He was a man after God’s own heart. A sinner clinging to his Savior, Shepherd King! He kept his heart turned into God’s sanctuary and looking forward to dwelling in the house of the LORD forever! Eternal life with His Creator was David’s longing and his heart song. Dwelling in God’s Sanctuary was foundational to this shepherd’s day; good or bad. David realized that though there was (and is) an eternal home with the Savior (“I go and prepare a place for you”) that he could and did thrive in God’s presence which pursued him every day of his life!
When I believed that Jesus is the Son of God and that He shed His blood on the cross for my sins, thus paying the penalty I deserved and He paid it wholly and completely with no need of help from me AND when I believed that He rose again on the third day and conquered my greatest enemy…death…AND when I believed He did this by grace alone…through faith alone…In Christ alone…at that very day…in that very moment…on my six-year old knees bowing before the King of Kings…I gained eternal life and have been living this eternal life ever since!!!!!!
Grant it my address is earthly and I am just a stupid sheep pilgrim…for now. BUT, I have eternal life right now and have had it since I was six years old! I am just waiting for God to change my address and my last breath in this life is simply God holding my hand and guiding me into His perfect pastures and eternity with Him in Glory!