Are We There Yet? (Week 7)
Psalm 23 (Part 7) 7/19/20
Psalm 23 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
If you have ever taken a road trip, you have probably heard these four words.
ARE WE THERE YET? During this time of uncertainty and waiting, many want this season to be over. Studying Psalm 23 can encourage our souls knowing that God with us in the journey to the destination. There is purpose in the trip.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life… • Goodness –God’s goodness is praised all throughout the psalms. Cf. Psalm 25:8; 34:8; 86:5; 100:5; 118:1; 136:1; 145:9
God’s goodness by some may be viewed as abstract and general, but in Scripture is appears most clearly in His connection to people. His goodness is personal. Cf. Genesis 50:15-21; Titus 3:4-7
• Mercy – is the compassionate nature of God. Cf. Psalm 25:6-7; 51:1-5; 103:8-12; 135; 145:8-10
Even though we have the capacity to extend mercy, it’s not our natural response as it is with God. Cf. Lamentations 3:22; Ephesians 2:4
• Follow me is an action word. God’s goodness and mercy actively chases us down wherever we are, even when we don’t think we needed it.
…and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. • Forever – with the Lord starts the day He is Lord over my life. Cf. John 3:36; 5:24; 6:47; 1 John 5:11-12
Eternity is more than a concept of unending progression of years. It is quality as well as quantity.
Whether I’m at my destination or still on this trip, God… Provides us (verse 1) Gives Rest (verse 2) Restores & Directs (Verse 3) Comforts & Protects (Verse 4) Reconciles (Verse 5) Extends Goodness & Mercy (Verse 6)