Goodness & Mercy
Psalm 23:6 (NKJV) – “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;”
The other day, Psalm 23:6 popped up in my head. I didn’t think too much about it, but it wouldn’t go away. It was like that annoying commercial jingle, or song that’s played on the radio every five minutes or for me the Paw Patrol theme song. I know the verse from memory because God only knows how many times I had to memorize Psalm 23, but I can’t shake it, there is something more.
Finally, I sit down and read it, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”. Then it hit me, it’s the word “follow”. I ask myself, why would God just be lingering behind me? I vision my 14-year-old dog Mango. When he was young, he used to basically take me for a walk. Now he follows me with a look saying, “Why? I could be sleeping on the couch”. But the word “follow” in this verse is not like Mango’s way of following.
The Hebrew word for follow in this context is radaph, meaning, “to pursue, chase, run after”. God promises to pursue and chase you with His goodness and mercy. It’s more like the Looney Tunes cartoon with Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Instead of having ACME bombs and gadgets, God has goodness and mercy.
No matter how far you think you have strayed away from God, He is right there pursuing you day in and day out. Even during your sin, God is chasing you with His goodness and mercy providing a way of escape. He is the kind of God who chases you, who pursues you, who tracks you down all the days of your life.
This He has promised us. As humans, this can be a difficult concept for us to understand. We easily break promises, have mood swings, and change our minds. But not God. It says in 2 Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” And Numbers 23:19 tells us, “God is not a man, that He should lie…” God’s goodness and mercy is not temporary, it is relentless. His desire is for us to be in constant communion and have complete faith in Him and His promises.
I urge you that when you are feeling defeated or caught up in sin you don’t know how to get out of, turn around to God. You may be saying in your head, it’s not that simple. But God tells us over and over, yes it really is. I am here pursuing you, chasing you and running after you. I want to encourage you to ask God to reveal what areas in your life you need His goodness and mercy. I pray that you come to the realization that His goodness and mercy never run out and His promises remain true until the end.
All For Him,