Psalm 23:6
August 2nd, 2020

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,

Surely

God’s blessings are something that He can count on and have confidence in.  The only conclusion, based on who God is, and David’s personal relationship with Him, that David could come to, is that he can be sure of God’s provision.

goodness and lovingkindness

Goodness

This word translated goodness, twob Hebrew, literally means beautiful.

He’s pointing us to the Goodness that is one of the attributes of God.  There’s no other source of goodness in the universe.  This was the point that Jesus was trying to make to the Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10:18. 

David just didn’t pick two words, goodness and lovingkindness here out of the blue.  In many of the Psalms, we see that it is the LORD who is described as Good, before He is praised for His lovingkindness as well. For example,  Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting (also Psalm 100:5, Psalm 107:1, Psalm 118:1, 29, Psalm 136:1). When Israel thanks God, it is first for who He is—His Goodness, and then for His lovingkindness; His benefits. 

Lovingkindness,

Lovingkindness, or kindness that comes forth out of love for someone is used over and over again in the scriptures to describe the way that God desires to deal with us, and what he longs to pour out on us.  God’s lovingkindness is never exhausted.

Blessed with Love of a Heavenly Father

You are still blessed, first with the Love of your Heavenly Father 1 John 3:1a says 3 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.  

God the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to cry out to God as His sons and daughters As Romans 8:15 tells us, 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

God the Son, Jesus gave redemption.  The one thing that we could never do, the one debt that we could never pay, Jesus paid for us, redeeming us, ransoming us.  Mathew 20:28 tells us just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

There is no lack of redemption in the Lord (Psalm 130:7 O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption.)

Live like the redeemed

Let us live the kind of lives that He bought for us.  We have freedom, it’s freedom not to sin.  Get far away from the temptations that are trying to overtake us. 

Created, saved, and given a mission according to His will

God chose you, specifically, for salvation, according to His plan.   (Ephesians 1:11) 11 In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will

God made you to fulfill the specific plan that He has for Your life. Ephesians 2:10, “[You] are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for [you] to do.”  They’re your good works.  Prepared for you to do—and no-one else can do them as well as you can.

So, knowing all of this, we should emulate our God and bless each other freely. Romans 13:8-9 8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Sometimes blessing others is going to require that we must die to ourselves, die to our own sinful, selfish nature.  As you’re blessing others, and especially our brothers and sisters in Christ, you join with them in the joy, and join with the Lord in the blessing and fulfilling His purposes in their life, and you’ll find yourself blessed; because obedience and trust in the Lord does not go unnoticed by God.  Give blessings, and you will find “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (6:38.)

Share your redemption story

Give your witness to the World.  Share what God has done for you, Psalm 107: 2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,

We have exciting news to tell people—how God has saved us—how we are free in Christ, free not to do the kinds of things that we used to do, because Jesus has paid the price, He has redeemed us.

will follow me

This word in Hebrew, means to pursue vigorously.  So, David is witnessing that because God is who He is, a good God, God keeps on pursuing, attending closely to him day-by-day throughout His life.  David is saying that God pursues him vigorously to look for opportunities to demonstrate this lovingkindness toward him. 

all the days of my life

If your plans involve the future (most do); involve God in the decisions.  Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

This is our central aim in life—to seek after, to follow after the Lord, abiding with Him, in His house that He has invited us into, given us a place at His table, given us the bread of life, anointed our head with oil, filled our cup of welcome to overflowing, saying that we are always welcome to dwell in His house “all the days of our lives”.