The verse, Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”, is full of INSPIRATION and PROMISE and HOPE!
Not only is this verse the inspiration for one of my lamb paintings, it is also the inspiration for our March Encouragement Kit. We’ve made products featuring the lamb artwork with this precious verse as reminders for our hearts. I pray we can all surround ourselves with these powerful words of Truth. For me personally, these truth-filled words are a promise that I’m clinging to tightly!
I have a soft spot in my heart for sheep. I save pictures of them on my phone; I follow Instagram accounts about sheep; I love stories about sheep; I create paintings of sheep… I relate to sheep. I’m all too familiar with many of their characteristics. I all too often have shared their tendency to follow blindly. I am well acquainted with being stubborn, vulnerable, needy and easily stuck. And, I too, am in great need of a shepherd. Does this sound like you too?
The entire chapter of Psalm 23 is probably one of the best known chapters of the Bible, and for good reason! It addresses every season of our life and includes the secrets to happiness!
I would like to share a quote from the Believer’s Bible Commentary.
J.R. Littlepond’s outline is hard to improve upon:
The secret of a happy life - every need supplied.
- The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. -
The secret of a happy death - every fear removed.
- Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for You are with me. -
The secret of a happy eternity - every desire fulfilled.
- Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. -
“Surely if He is really mine, and I am His, then I have everything in Him!”
“Escorted through all of life by God’s goodness and mercy, we reach the Father’s house at last, our eternal dwelling place.”
Precious friend, I am reminding myself that no matter the season I find myself in, I can find rest, comfort and even happiness in the precious promises from Psalm 23. A sweet sigh of relief washes over me when I read the words, “Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow me ALL the days of my life”.
HE is The Good Shepherd.
I am His beloved sheep and HE is my beloved Shepherd. I pray you can find comfort, rest and reassurance from this Psalm. And that you can find JOY in knowing that His sheep, no matter the season, have the secret of happy life, death and eternity.