Psalm 23 Part 9
Goodness and Mercy Are
Following You All the Days of Your Life

“Where lives change and where life can begin again”

Psalm 23:6a

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life;

 

Have you ever felt completely alone in a room full of people? I have.

Where no one spoke to me or even knew my name, and also, I “felt”

they didn’t care. I believe all of us have felt that way at one time or

another. The key to all of this is our feelings. Satan is a master of

placing thoughts and suggestions before us to see if we will embrace

them and to see if we will take them into our hearts. This has been

around since the beginning of time. Let’s watch that story with Eve.

 

Genesis 3:1-5 (NKJV)

3 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which

the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed

said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees

of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the

garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest

you die.”

4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For

God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and

you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

 

Satan doesn’t try too much new to this day. He plants thoughts and

suggestions to cause us to doubt and “feel” as if God was not quite

right and we need to try something different that will work better. He

plants a thought in our head, that we are just the way that daddy said,

“You will never amount to anything”, and I think to myself, “it must be

true.” “No one really likes me…” is a thought that runs through our

minds and we “feel” as if it’s true. We embrace the thought and live

with it in our lives, but, today is the day when we cast those negative

thoughts and feelings out of our lives and remember what God has

said.

 

Whenever we have negative thoughts about ourselves or others, always

remember what God has said. God said, “Surely, goodness and mercy

shall follow you all the days of your life.”

 

Let’s examine “Surely”.

Surely – firmly, steadily, confidently, assuredly, unhesitatingly,

unfalteringly, unswervingly, determinedly, doggedly, tenaciously

God is determined to follow you all the days of your life. He will not

give up… no matter the direction that you go, nor how deep the valley

is that you go into. He will be with you. It is a firm decision, without

hesitation, and He will not falter in His decision, but will unswervingly

and tenaciously follow you with love.

 

I love when God says, “all the days of your life”. That means, in the days

when I feel all alone and left by everyone, He is there! He follows close

behind me, watching me and protecting me all the days of my life. It

also lets me know, that from the moment of conception, He took His

place beside me and followed me even when I wanted nothing to do

with Him. He never judged me or condemned me, but He protected me

until I was in the place I could see Him and receive Him into my heart.

 

So, if you are reading this and you have not received Christ into your

heart, God is still there. He is firmly, assuredly, and tenaciously

following you and watching over you, until you see Him. See Him, with

your spiritual eyes wide open. It is just as easy as making a quality

decision to open your heart and say, “Yes God, I want to see you.”

Begin to read your bible and He will reveal himself to you each day. Ask

Him to show you more and more of Himself and He will. He has been

there all along.

We are almost at the end of our study of Psalm 23 and there is still so

much more that we could discuss.

 

I want you to leave this devotional today knowing that God is there with

you. In the midst of pressure, depression, hurt, pain, and

loneliness; God is there. Pick up your Bible today and begin to allow

God to talk to you and tell you good things to come and how really

amazing you are. In His eyes, He thinks you’re both wonderful and

beautiful. Does it really matter what anyone else thinks? Nope!

 

Remember what God is saying and it won’t matter what anyone else is

saying!

 

Join me next week and my last devotional on

Psalm 23:

“Dwelling in the House…Forever”

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