Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.” vs. 6Psalm 23:4-6
Many in Israel claimed to belong to the house of David–it was the most prestigious lineage that anyone could hope to have. But this psalmist believed that he was of the house of the Lord, and he would be a resident in that house for as long as he lived. It was the best! He wasn’t being pursued by his enemies, wolves and bears weren’t nipping at his heels. Instead he was being followed by goodness and mercy. It’s hard to imagine what that means, yet for some believers this is precisely what life in Christ is like. As we dwell in Christ, and if we pause along the path to consider where we’ve been, we are amazed to discover that the way is littered with evidence of goodness and mercy from the time we were born. All that ugly stuff that we thought we’d been dealing with has virtually disappeared and we realize how fully we have been blessed. People of good will have enriched and nourished us, and helped us on the way. Where there should have been guilt and judgment, we see instead the tender mercies that have brought healing and consolation. Of course there is that special dwelling place that still awaits, promised by Jesus himself, but we’ve been living in the house of the Lord for a long time now–and the blessings are unmistakable.
Thought for the Day: Where do I see goodness and mercy in my past?