3.23.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Surely Goodness and Mercy

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• This is our third and final day on Psalm 23.

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at verses 5 and 6.

Verse 5 says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

David had his fair share of enemies.

But he was a constant model of trusting faith in God.

Let’s compare that verse to Romans 8:31 which says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

What others think of us is none of our business; and since we have God’s salvation and protection, we don’t need to worry about the opinions of others, even those who want to harm us in some way.

This verse shifts from the analogy of sheep and shepherd to that of a friendship.

David had a friendship with God.

Can we say the same about our relationship with Jesus?

Jesus, our Good Shepherd, said in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

We are invited to the table of the King of Kings!

And we know that a king’s table is abundant and overflowing with good things.

Let’s move to the final verse of Psalm 23, verse 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.”

David wasn’t perfect, but he was faithful and he trusted God’s forgiveness, grace, mercy, and love!

He trusted, even if he didn’t understand God’s ways.

Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

With that truth, indeed “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Today, as you pray, thank God for the words of comfort and confidence found in Psalm 23.

Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the faith to look ahead and not be discouraged by the moment.

Tell Jesus that you want a deeper friendship with Him.

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