And goodness and mercy follow me!

Psalm 23

Like a shepherd — tender, true — Jesus leads. Me.

Jesus leads. He knows where He’s going. He knows how to get there. He knows the best route. So I follow.

Along the way, He provides what He knows I need. He knows, plans, and arranges what’s best for me. So I follow. (PS: He knows everything and can do anything!)

  1. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
  2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
  3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
  4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
  5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
  6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Where He leads, he provides:

  • green pastures and still waters (v 2).
  • soul refreshment, comfort, restoration, and direction (v 3).
  • security and protection (v 4).
  • provision in peril, provision in hurt, provision in need (v 5).
  • goodness and mercy for life — and belonging forever (v 6).

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee (Psalm 56:3)

Yes, “He leadeth me…”

  • “beside the still waters.”
  • “in the paths of righteousness.”
  • “through the valley of the shadow of death.”
  • “in the presence of mine enemies.”
  • “all the days of my life.”

Yes, when I follow Him, goodness and mercy follow me.

How could I not follow?

I do.

So I am confident that some day “I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

Walk with us?

PS: Oh, and here’s some stuff I wrote, some of which CLP published in their Sunday School quarterlies and all of which I published at Anabaptists:

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