In the concluding remarks in what is called David’s best-known Psalm, he states, “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” Psalm 23:6. He began the Psalm with the words, “The Lord is my shepherd.” And although he says much between these statements, the fact that he shall dwell in the house of the Lord is the glorious climax of the truth that the Lord is his shepherd. Until he arrives in that glory of God’s house, he will need food and protec-tion, for he does live in the valley where the shadow of death is cast; but in that house are all the blessings that make his cup overflow. There he no longer is surrounded by enemies but he is with God in the most intimate way that the creature can enjoy His covenant fellowship.
And the expression, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,” explains why David is so sure that he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. We, therefore, do well to pay attention to those words of David. For we do not deserve to live in that house. It is only because of the goodness and mercy of God that in His Son He cares for us in this life and makes sure that we arrive in His house.
That these follow us means that they are behind us and beneath us to push us and lift us up to that house con-sistently. It is God’s good and merciful hand that will not let us slide back into Satan’s clutches and lifts us out of this vale of tears and sorrows. And that hand of God is His Son in our flesh.
How beautifully stated is this truth in the versification:
Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me,
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling-place shall be.
Can you unequivocally say that? Can you say “Surely,” not, “Maybe”? “Surely,” not, “I hope so”? “Surely, all the days of my life that goodness and mercy will be there.”
If you cannot say that at the moment, go to the cross of Christ where God’s goodness and mercy are so clearly and powerfully displayed. His enemies lifted Him to His cross; but by it He lifted us to heavenly glory.
Read: John 14
Psalter versification: 53:5
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.