Fresh Hope – 14th May 2020

Continuing with our verse-by-verse study of Psalm 23, today we reach the last verse of this chapter.

Quick recap; David expresses in verse 1 how he knows the Lord to be his personal shepherd and because of that he is looked after. He understood that the Lord would lead him to what he needed and provided ultimate peace for the soul (Verse 2 & 3).

In verse 4, David explains how through the mountain-tops and valleys, the shepherd (God) leads him through both. Because of this, he does not need to fear. There is covering and protection in staying close and following the lead of the shepherd. This includes correction.

Verse 5 – even in the midst of struggles, the goodness of God stands. Joy, refreshment, provision, and gladness is still available throughout trials and it is important to remember this as we walk through the dark times.

Let’s finish with verse 6 – ‘Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever’.

Mercy represents steadfast love. The goodness of God and His love follows us. We follow the shepherd, goodness and love follows us! Some of us are searching for goodness and love, and all we need to do is follow God, and those things will then follow us!

As long as we are seated at the table, our cups are always overflowing… God is always our provider…David had the expectation that this was for him ALL THE DAYS of his life. Not just in some seasons, But ALL the days of His life. God does not have a limit on His love and goodness.

‘I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever’ – house of the Lord, means ‘presence of the Lord’. As we LIVE and abide in the presence of our Lord, all the days of our life, blessing follows and it doesn’t end. It starts here and now on Earth and follows us into Heaven!

In reflecting on the beauty of this chapter, I hope that you can read it in a whole new light. There really is no other way to do life than walking with our shepherd, Jesus. Regardless of the highs and lows that we walk through, there is blessing, protecting, provision and covering in staying close to Him, and being seated at his table.

Emma Burchell

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