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. — Psalm 23:6 (KJV)
It is exciting to write about today’s verse because this is my favourite Psalm!
Psalms means ‘Praises’ in Hebrew are prayers from the Old Testament of the Bible. There are 150 in total. Psalm 23 is directly attributed to David, who was a great king as well as a marvellous composer of psalms. This is such a beautiful description of the relationship of our Lord and us.
Psalm 23 in King James Version of the bible and my little understandings as follows:
1.The LORD is my shepherd; —- That’s RELATIONSHIP
2. I shall not want. — That’s PROVISION
3. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, — That’s REST
4. He leadeth me beside the still waters. — That’s REFRESHMENT
5. He restorethmy soul. — That’s HEALING
6. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness — That’s GUIDANCE
7. For his name’s sake. — That’s PURPOSE
8. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, — That’s TESTING
9. I will fear no evil: — That’s PROTECTION
10. For thou art with me; — That’s FAITHFULNESS
11. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. — That’s DISCIPLINE
12. Thou preparesta table before me in the presence of mine enemies: — That’s HOPE
13. Thou anointestmy head with oil; — That’s CONSECRATION
14. My cup runneth over. — That’s ABUNDANCE
15. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: — That’s BLESSINGS
16. And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. — That’s SECURITY
Could you imagine a greater celebration of the father’s role as intimate provider and protector from this?
Here is one of my favourite songs
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” — Exodus 34:6 (NIV)
Exodus 34 is about “The Covenant Renewed”:
After Moses led the Israel out of Egypt, they began to rebel against the Lord and they made up a golden calf to worship. Do you still remember yesterday’s verse, ‘You shall have no gods before me’? So God was angry and he wanted to leave Israel. But Moses asked God for his mercy upon his people and God was pleased with Moses and he relented. He promised Moses to stay with Israel to the Promised Land. Then Moses prayed and asked God to show his glory so that the people of Israel might know that the presence of the Lord was still with them. God was pleased with Moses and did the very thing that Moses asked.
Therefore we can see God’s presence in this verse in which God revealed himself: Mercy, grace, patience, love, and faithfulness.
Can you imagine what our lives would be like if we are created by a God who is not full of mercy, grace, patience , love and faithfulness? I would say it would be like if we are ruled by the worst dictator you can ever think of. We would live like slaves. But we are not slaves because we have a GOOD God. It says here he is the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Hallelujah! What else can we be more grateful to?
Let us conclude today’s verse with a song:
“The Lord is gracious and compassionate. Slow to anger and rich in love. And the Lord is good to all. He has compassion in all that He has made. As far as the east is from the west. That’s how far He has removed our transgressions from us!” — Lyrics by Graham Ord
“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” — Exodus 19:5-6 (NIV)
Just as it was for Israelites, God also promised to bless his people if we keep his covenant, we will be our father’s treasured possession, our nation, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. The word “priest” means “ONE WHO DRAWS NEAR TO GOD”. ‘The Father LONGED FOR a kingdom of people that would draw near to him IN LOVE. His heart has always desired INTIMACY with his people. HIS HEART ACHES FOR THIS TO THIS DAY. ‘
I read this verse, and was touched by the love of God for me. As a father, he is so long to be closed to his children: He would love to give us a hug when we are down, and a pat on the shoulder saying well done when we are doing great. It is the intimacy relationship with us that he always desires.
He promised us love and blessings, peach and joy, kindness and goodness … when we draw near to him.
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has send me to you.” — Exodus 3:14 (NIV)
Who is Moses? Moses was the leader who brought Israel out of the slavery of Egypt by the power of the Lord. When Israel was put into slavery by the Pharaoh, they cried to God and God heard them. He sent Moses as the liberator. This verse is what God said to Moses when he spoke to him from a burning bush. NIV translation doesn’t use the name of the Lord. In Hebrew Bible, God reveals his name here as Yahweh or Jehovah in English. Later in verse 15, God also says, “this is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation”.
Why did God choose Moses? Moses was not a very brave person before God raised him and blessed him greatly. He was an orphan child but now he has met his Father — God, the One who thinks highly of him!
God has given Moses a great mission – Set Israelites free of slavery by bring them out of Egypt. Moses has no confidence in himself:’ How can I managed this, why choose me?’ However, God has promised that He would be with Moses all the time, moreover, He promised POWER and AUTHORITY in his name that conquers all things.
Can you see the picture? — Trust in God, our father, for he has promised that he will be with us ALWAYS and Nothing is impossible in this mighty name.
I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. — Genesis 12:2 (NIV)
In Genesis chapter 12: The Lord had said to Abram, “leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you. I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
‘Abraham shows great faith when he obeys this call. Faith is about believing that something is so, even though you cannot yet see it … God is a Father who loves to BLESS and he has chosen Israel to be the nation that brings his blessing to the world.’ — Mark Stibbe
Abraham is a father of faith. When I read about this chapter and watched the video above, I was in tears. Abraham’s heart was trembling as God told him to sacrifice his own son, however he obeyed with faith:”Father, Please help me to see as you see … I don’t understand your purpose Lord, yet you are God – THE GIVER OF LIFE. You have spoken, so I will do this for you! ” Through his faith and obedient, it brings God’s mighty blessings: I will make you the father of all nations!
Sometimes, you can not see good things happening, it’s because you hesitate to take the first step as you can’t see the reason in doing it. However, when you don’t understand, yet willing to trust and step out in faith, God’s blessings will be poured into your life unstoppably!
Take the first step to believe that he is the father who loves you so dearly?
If the entire Bible could be encapsulated in a single sentence then it would cry out like the resounding waves of the sea, “THE FATHER LOVES YOU.” —- St Augustine