Text: Ps 23 v 6 – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (NKJV).
To believers, goodness and mercies are like two bodyguards following us day by day, bringing up the rear as grace leads. These two Guardian Angels do not fail. Goodness supplies our needs while Mercy blots out our sins. If we have, our needs met and our sins blotted out, what else do we need in life? On what condition can we have these guards to follow us all the days of our life (v 1)?
Commenting on this verse, Adam Clarke said, “This is a fact as indisputable as it is encouraging, and therefore a heavenly verily, or ‘surely’ is set as a seal upon it. This sentence may be read, “Only goodness and mercy,” for there shall be unmingled mercy in our history. These twin guardian angels will always be with me at my back and my beck. Just as when great princes go abroad they must not go unattended, so it is with the believer”. Goodness and mercy follow him always — all the days of his life — the black days as well as the bright days, the days of fasting as well as the days of feasting, the dreary days of winter as well as the bright days of summer. Goodness supplies our needs, and mercy blots out our sins.
These two guards will attend to the prayers of your family. Do not be carried away by the cares and flashy things of this life. Behind you is all you need in life, goodness and mercies for they will supply them (Phil. 4 v 19). Jesus taught us in Matthew 6: 33 that we should, “… seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. All those flashy things that draw us away will be added for us when we look unto God.
Therefore, let us serve the Lord with confidence and special consecration of heart and sing His praise with zest, and sweetness. Let us learn to trust and obey Him for there is no other way to be happy so says John H Sammis in his hymn, Trust and Obey (Christian Life Hymnal No 504). See the advice of Jesus in Mt 6 v 24 – 34. If you have not given your life to Christ, do so today so that this promise will attend to you.
FFT: Are these Unfailing Bodyguards following you?
1) Thank God, whose goodness and mercies never fails.
2) Declare your absolute surrender to the will of God.
3) Claim the promises in today’s text in prayer.
4) Bind every spirit on assignment against this family’s goodness.