July 13 - Psalm 23:6

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

When I take this verse out of context of the Psalm which is so familiar to me, all of a sudden I am completely taken aback. The visual image of this is almost more than I can stand.

For decades we have read the poem call “Footprints in the Sand,” about the set of two footprints which are there until the rough spots, when one set seems to have left the other to handle it.  It is then that God carries us.

But, what if there was a scripture verse that tells us something even better?

Every single day of our lives, God’s goodness and love is following us.

When we make an immense mistake, his love is still there.  All we have to do is slow down and turn back (that’s the definition of repentance by the way … turning away / turning back from sin).

When we are terrified because of something that faces us in the future; his goodness and love are with us.

When we feel alone because it seems as if everyone has moved on without us; we aren't. God’s love and goodness are within a hairsbreadth of us.  All we have to do is breathe.

When we are at our wits end and our patience is gone; God’s love adds strength to our soul. He is right there.

Through thick and thin, good and bad, our ups and down; we are never alone. It isn't just that God is with us, it is that his love is with us.  The one thing we can depend on is that love. It is more than just a presence, it is everything we need to move into the next moment.  We are never alone.  We are loved through it all.

And at the end, that love takes us into eternity to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.