Even in the dark, light finds a way to shine, casting away all the shadows of doubt and fear. As we come to the end of our brief foray into Psalm 23, we find the declaration of a promise that should lift our spirits each time we see it:
“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
The goodness of this life cannot be overlooked by those who see it with the eyes of a child, looking towards the Father with hope and trust. Though there are horrible things that go on every second we reside on this planet, in Him is peace, hope, and the promise of a bright day which suffers no shadow of darkness or whispers of discontent. In Him alone is that good promise, and the truth of it shines in spite of whatever else may come.
Our God is with us each and every day. For the believer and the unbeliever alike, He sees us, He watches over us, He guides us even though many of us don’t listen as well as we should. The believer knows these things, yet those who have not yet come to the light remain comfortable in their way for the time. Even so, for both those who have put their faith in Christ and those who have not yet done so, there is something that Christ gives freely and openly in each moment we live: Mercy.
It’s His world and He is above all that are in it, good and bad, saved and lost. We all fail, we all slip and fall into sin time and again, and it is by mercy alone that we are given the opportunity to get back up again, to do right once more. That constant mercy is what brings us to grace, undeserved as it is, whereby we, though natural born sinners, may partake of the wonderful presence of the Lord if we but repent and accept Him as our one and true King. If not for His mercy, we all, every single one of us, would otherwise be cast into the fire without any chance to mend our ways and seek Him as our Savior.
For those that run the race diligently, who persevere, they shall be called the “good and faithful servant,” and in His house we shall live forever.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1
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