Series: Day 14 | Psalm 23:1-6 | Day 30 | Psalm 23:1 | He Restores My Soul | For His Name’s Sake | For You Are With Me | You Prepare A Table Before Me
After all this talk about sheep, we’ve finally reached the last verse of Psalm 23.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. | Psalm 23:6
THIS is why parents and Sunday School teachers want their children to learn these verses. They hope verse 6 will be true for their precious little ones. They desire all of God’s goodness and mercy for their children. They desire that their children would dwell in God’s presence for all eternity.
Most of us want the same thing for ourselves too.
Even if you don’t believe in God, you can’t say you don’t want to live a good life and enjoy it to the fullest. It’s something all people, everywhere, from all backgrounds and upbringings desire. So here’s the big question we’re all thinking:
How do we get a hold of this?
First, a recap of what we’ve learned from sheep and shepherds and most of all, from the first 5 verses of this psalm (see below for links to the previous posts):
The shepherd provides all that the sheep need. He shows the sheep to green pastures where there is plenty to eat and leads them to peaceful areas so they can grow and be refreshed. The shepherd guides them along the best paths and provides comfort to the sheep as they trek through difficult and dangerous terrain. The shepherd never leaves his sheep. He leads, protects, and provides for them in all situations.
The same is true of our Good Shepherd and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He provides for all our needs so that we are without want for anything else. He wrestles us away from this world so that we can recognize the sustenance He provides. We grow in Him, we learn to trust Him, and our souls are restored in Him and to Him. He leads us along the best paths of life – the blameless, righteous paths – and allows us to have an active role in bringing Him the glory He deserves.
His authority and power bring us comfort in every situation – even when life is dark and seemingly hopeless. He is with us always and never leaves our side. He provides sustenance from above through His Word and places us in the sight of the world, again giving us the opportunity to make Him known and bring Him glory. He blesses us with more than what our hearts and minds and bodies could possibly contain. He leads, protects, and provides for us in all situations.
Surely, goodness and mercy even go before us.
Surely, it E N V E L O P E S us.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. | Psalm 139:5
God offers His absolute best to us. We are completely surrounded by His goodness. We are drowning in oceans of grace. Psalm 23:1-5 prove that.
The shepherd gives his all, his best for his sheep, but at the end of the day, the shepherd is human, weak, and flawed. God, our Good Shepherd, does the same and gives His all, His best for us – but He does this in perfection. There is no weakness, no flaw, no shortcoming in Him.
You want to know the secret for how to live the best life, the secret to living and enjoying life to its fullest? This is it. And it requires just one thing on our part:
S U R R E N D E R.
The sheep that refuse to trust their shepherd are the sheep that wander away to their own harm and eventual death. Without the shepherd, the sheep are lost, without protection, and led astray.
When we refuse to trust God, we forfeit our opportunity to live the best life; we forfeit the opportunity to live life the way it was intended to be lived by the Author of Life Himself. There is simply no way for us to live such a life on our own.
This “Author of Life” – He is the Good Shepherd. He is Jesus Christ.
For those who have trusted Christ as Savior, verse 6 is a promise that at any given time, when we look back on our lives, we will see the goodness, mercy, and faithfulness of our Good Shepherd as He led, protected, and provided for us.
For those who have not yet accepted Christ as Savior, verse 6 is a glimpse of what can and will be yours if you choose to place your trust in Him. Life may not be easy as Christian, but it surely will be worthwhile because it will be the best life, the fullest life you could ever hope to live.
God desires to envelope us in His goodness and mercy.