Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Have you ever had something work out unexpectedly, yet just perfectly? Seen God answer a prayer in an unexpected, yet amazing way?
A friend of mine searched for specific medical help for her loved one. She wondered why her prayers weren’t answered. Nothing lined up. Her loved one was able to travel during the time that lapsed, which benefited her greatly. Then the week she arrived home, the required help called. They were able to set up the appointments needed, and everything fell in line. Isn’t God’s timing greater than ours!
We’ve all been in situations that seem bad at first glance.
Todays passage of scripture bubbles with David’s joy amid his turmoil. This was most probably in response to his flight from the jealous hands of King Saul, the king prior to David. King Saul’s army hunted him down, and common sense said David should be dead. Just a couple verse above, in verse 4, David declares,
“Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.”
Despite being persued by his foe, he realizes and proclaims God’s goodness and love pursues him even more. David illustrated his faith as he trusts in God, keeping the promise of David being the next king.
Even when David had the chance to slaughter the king himself, he refrained, respecting God’s sovereignty and timing. That’s the kind of close walk I want with the Lord. Trusting no matter my circumstances.
Psalms means ‘praises’. Even though many Psalms include expression of agony, each Psalm is a praise to the Lord. Praising God helps us remove focus off the pain, and onto the Lord. That’s where we find rest in trusting.
We may not understand why something is happening to us. Jesus assured us we’d have tribulations this side of heaven. We can take heart, for Jesus has overcome all. (John 16:33) Yet, we can rest in knowing God is working out everything for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) Perhaps someone will see our steady faith and be attracted to Jesus.
Isn’t one rainy day worth someone coming to relationship with Christ?
What’s your Psalm or Praise today?
Dear Lord, through whatever difficult times you ordained for me, You are with me. Your goodness and mercy pursues me. I will take refuge in You, and rest in the hope that is You, the One who has overcome. Through You, Christ, I will dwell in Your house forever. ~Amen
See my very first post, Praising God through the Pain and Suffering a personal story of the Lord drawing me closer through sickness.