Day 14 - Surely Goodness and Mercy Follow Me
The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:1-6)
God cares for us as tender Shepherd and shows great generosity to us as a welcoming host. He is tender-hearted and generous to us! Let us draw near and rest in His love as we seek greater intimacy with Him today.
Using the two familiar pictures of the shepherd and his sheep, and the hospitable host and his guest, David describes his relationship with God and the intimacy he enjoys. Like him, we too have entered into a deep relationship with God through Christ, our Shepherd and Host in heaven.
As His sheep, we can be assured that He will lead, protect and provide for us, and rest is available for us regardless of what we are facing. In Him, our deepest hunger and thirst are met. We are renewed and revived by the living waters He provides. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for us (Jn 10:11), imputes His righteousness to us and gives us the Holy Spirit to be our guide. Christ’s justification results in eternal life and we fear no evil nor death. The Spirit is our comfort and strength throughout our earthly journey and we are utterly secure. He lavishes on us abundant goodness and mercy. One day we will enjoy eternal bliss, dwelling with Him forever. There is nothing more blessed than to know and experience intimacy with Christ our Shepherd and divine host. As we grow to know Him more, let us anchor our lives on Jesus.
- How is your relationship with the Shepherd?
- What steps are you taking to grow in intimacy with Christ and to enjoy His blessings?
Dear God, we thank You for the privilege of knowing You intimately through Jesus Christ. Thank You for being our Shepherd and divine Host, and for blessing us abundantly. Please help us to grow in intimacy with You. May Your goodness and mercy motivate and strengthen us to be devoted and bold. We pray this in Christ’s name, Amen.
- Someone you know who is struggling to rest and find peace in Christ.
- Christians around the world who are persecuted for the name of Jesus, that their faith will be strengthened by God.
- The church staff in the office and the pastoral staff that they will serve with gladness and joy.