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The Lord is My Shepherd - Part 7

Written by Lukus Counterman. Posted in Mission Blog

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1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

We’ve come to verse 6 in our study of Psalm 23, and we finish the Psalm with the incredible truth that God pursues us! To overcome our anxieties, we need to have confidence that God’s gracious heart will pursue us into the future. This gracious Host seeks to love and fellowship with us all our days. His disposition toward us is good and loving-kind. His prevailing tendency or inclination, His heart toward us is one of goodness and mercy.

Regardless of how you feel right now, you must believe and accept with confidence—“surely” –that God’s heart toward you is one of benefit and welfare, of that which is desirable and agreeable. He wants goodness for you.

Regardless of how you feel right now, you must believe and accept with confidence—“surely” –that God’s heart toward you is one of lovingkindness, covenant faithfulness, and graciousness.

Goodness and mercy follow us. “Follow” is such a passive word in English. You may think of a kid grudgingly following you to his bedroom when he has to go to bed. Or you picture a teen following you while still trying to watch the end of a commercial: he’s not really looking at you. But the original language of “follow” communicates something with greater vigor. The word would communicate something more like “pursue,” “chase down,” “tackle” or “overtake.”

God hunts us down with goodness and loving kindness and overtakes us. Like a police car in a high speed chase, like a cheetah in pursuit of a gazelle – God pursues us – but not for destruction or arrest or death – He pursues us in order to pour out His lovingkindness and grace.

When we are struggling with anxiety, we need to rejoice in the gracious Host by recognizing the abundance and joy available in Him right now.

How does God want us to respond to anxiety? He wants us to trust Him as the Good Shepherd and rejoice in Him as the Gracious Host. Trust His goodness and rejoice in His grace. 

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