PSALM 23:6: “Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the LORD’s house for days without end.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: Can a believer predict their future? This is not a question that is meant to encourage an interest into practices of soothsaying or the occult, which are both dangerous and forbidden in the Scriptures. It is just an honest question regarding the future. Wouldn’t it be great to know the ultimate outcome of our lives? Isn’t that what everyone yearns for? Isn’t that why some succumb to the temptation of soothsaying and occultist practices (astrology, fortune telling, etc.)?
Well, the truth is, the believer can predict the future of their lives. Psalm 23 gives us both the promise and the future of everyone who know Jesus Christ as their Savior, Lord, and Good Shepherd. David proclaims this future when he writes, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – “Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life!” Now that is a wonderful promise, and that is a wonderful future! Throughout God’s Word this promise is repeated in different ways.
- “I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will hear you. When you look for me, you will find me. When you wholeheartedly seek me,” (Jeremiah 29:11-13 GW)
- “But as Scripture says: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”” (1 Corinthians 2:9 GW)
- “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan. This is true because he already knew his people and had already appointed them to have the same form as the image of his Son. Therefore, his Son is the firstborn among many children. He also called those whom he had already appointed. He approved of those whom he had called, and he gave glory to those whom he had approved of.” (Romans 8:28-30 GW)
Now, this is not a promise that we can predict every pathway and every step of our life. In reality, I don’t even know what will take place after I finish writing this sentence. However, I do know what the ultimate end of my life will be as I follow and serve the Lord. God’s goodness, God’s mercy, will follow me all the days of my life. His purposes, His will, and His grace will be established in and through my life. He will redeem every situation for His good purposes as I follow His pathway for my life. Moment by moment, degree by degree, He will lead me, and He will always provide everything I need! Here is the summary of Psalm 23 that leads to David’s summation of his future in the Lord.
- The Lord will meet all our needs!
- The Lord will continually strengthen and renew our soul!
- The Lord will guide us step by step into His will!
- The Lord will be with us in all the dark and difficult times of life!
- The Lord will preserve us from the attacks of our enemies, and the enemy of our soul!
- The Lord will give us strength and courage through the abiding presence of His Spirit!
- The Lord will usher us one day into the full blessings of eternal life!
Is it any wonder why David proclaims – “Certainly goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life!” Why – because Jesus will stay close to us all the days of our life! He is our life, He is our peace, He is our comfort, His is our strength and provision. He will never leave us nor forsake. There is nothing that can separate us from His love. When we meditate upon this, the only response that we can give is to worship. This is the response that flowed from David’s heart.
- “…And I will remain in the LORD’s house for days without end.”
David knew the joy and safety of abiding in the presence of God, in the secret place of the Most High. David knew the power and privilege of worship, and this was his response. When we meditate upon his words, and when we contemplate the overwhelming love of God poured out upon us through Jesus Christ – it must be ours also!
Lord, thank You for Your unspeakable riches poured out upon us through Jesus Christ our Lord!
In Jesus Name!