Psalm 23 Study Session VI
Thank you to everyone who participated in our study of Psalm 23.
This week we end with verse 6 which reads “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of Lord forever.”
We are loved by God and neither death, life, angels or enemies, yesterday or tomorrow, no one else and nothing can separate us from God’s love through Christ. Rom 8:38-39
David asks “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from your Presence?” Ps 139:17
What a comfort it is knowing we aren’t alone no matter where we are on our journey.
In any season we find ourselves in, we need only look and see His goodness and mercy following closely behind.
Why are they behind us?
Goodness is God’s best. It sustains us when we’ve lost hope or are tapped out.
In our dark valleys, goodness is present providing strength and nourishment to fuel us and see us through.
Mercy is God’s love in action, the extending of grace and relenting, picking us up when we stumble and correcting our course when we venture away from His path.
Joel wrote “ So rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loving devotion. And He relents from sending disaster.” Joel 2:13
How wonderful to know goodness and mercy are our constantly traveling companions from the birth to the grave?
David closes Psalm 23 with a proclamation and desire to dwell in God’s presence until he took his last breath and then afterwards in eternity.
So whether David was in the pasture or the palace, he was committed to staying in continual fellowship with his Father.
Regardless of where we are physically, in the car or the cubicle, the backyard or the beach, in a sanctuary or on the sofa, we can dwell with God because our minds are not restricted to geographical location.
Isaiah said “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isa 26:3
This is why Paul encourages us to “pray without ceasing” consulting with God throughout our day seeking His advice and counsel. I Thess 5:17
David proclaimed “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Ps 91:1
To dwell is to live in a specified place, our primary residence. It is here with Him we abide or rest under His shadow protected and hidden from the enemy.
Christ said “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Matt 6:6
Our private, quiet place is where we experience ongoing fellowship and intimacy with God, our sacred space where only God is allowed.
Often my prayer space is my car or the walking trails, it’s anywhere I can enjoy quality time with God without distraction.
Just like all relationships need constant communication to flourish otherwise they slowly fade away, so does our relationship with Him.
God’s like any parent. He simply wants to enjoy quality time with his kid.
Dwelling with God in prayer moves us into His protective shelter where we can rest in calm and peace though the world may be in panic.
As we’ve learned, Psalm 23 invites us to know the Lord as our Shepherd, allowing Him to provide, protect, guide, lead, restore, comfort, nourish, anoint, bless and follow us “all the days” of our lives ending in eternity in His presence.
Sandra Hubbard: Speaker/Writer/Transformational Coach
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