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 ESV).
God’s goodness comes behind us all the time. That doesn’t mean that everything that happens to you will be good, but it does mean that God will use everything that happens to you for your good. Goodness will follow you…
According to the Bible, goodness is a perfect gift that comes from God (James 1:17) and nothing except good ever comes from God. Psalm 52:1 says, “The goodness of God endures continually” (NKJV). Furthermore, God is good to everybody. The psalmist said, “The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made” (Psalm 145:9 ESV). You can’t go anywhere in this world where you cannot find evidence of the goodness of God. Psalm 33:5 says, “The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD” (NKJV). God’s goodness is abiding, restorative, and divine.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
Isn’t it comforting to accept as a divine fact that God is good all the time and that his goodness (and mercy) follows us all the days of our life? And if that’s not enough to excite us to praise and worship, Psalm 23 concludes with the icing on the cake: “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (ESV). That truth from God should be a jaw dropper. Our shepherd instructs goodness and mercy to follow us all the days of our life and then, when our days are finished here on earth, we’re ushered into the house of the Lord forever. Now tell me again about the earthly problem that’s getting you down.
I don’t mean to be insensitive. I know our earthly problems do bear heavily on us. But our load is lifted when we choose to see earthly burdens in the light of eternity. When we do, we can bow down and praise God in the midst of anything this life brings our way.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.