Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
In the year 2000, the band Fuel released a song called Bad Day with the following lyrics:
She left a note and said, “I'm sorry, I had a bad day again.”
She spilled her coffee, broke her shoelace.
She smeared the lipstick on her face.
Slammed the door and said, “I'm sorry, I had a bad day again.”
Ever had a day like that? The kind of day where you just want to throw your hands up in the air and give it all up? Most of us have experienced a spilled-the-coffee-broke-a-shoelace kind of day. Some of us probably feel like that happens more often than not.
Worse, most of us have had really, really bad days. Days that include words like cancer, violence, anger, war, death.
How can we come to a point where we, like David, can say, "Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life"? All the days. As in every single one. Even the really really bad ones.
Because when we have faith in the Good Shepherd, the One who restores our soul, we have complete trust and confidence that He is ultimately leading us to a place of rest. When all the days of this life are over, the good ones and bad ones, we will step into eternity. And if we have followed faithfully in those right paths, we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. With that long view of eternity, we can view the days of our life with a different perspective. We can walk through the valley, we can eat in the presence of our enemies, because we know that God will be faithful to bring us into His rest.
Psalm 23 begins and ends with rest, and it reminds us through and through that God is in control, and that His presence is our peace.
Finish your Psalm today:
Even when ______________,
God’s mercy and ________ and ________ will comfort me every day.
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