“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalms 23:6
There is a story of a mini market owner whose business had been established over 50 years ago and continues to thrive within a small diverse community. Throughout the decades he witnessed first hand the change and evolution of the community he served. He saw some products be in high demand, then collect dust on the shelf. The hughes of the residents changed from darker to lighter, and so forth. When interviewed by a local newspaper, as to what has kept him thriving and in business for over five decades he answered, “Goodness and mercy has followed me.”
What a remarkable testimony, of the business owner. His response reminded me of one of the Psalms from David. David’s life took many twists and turns. Being the youngest of five sons, he was tending to sheep when the prophet came pronouncing him to be king out of no where. David went to battle and experienced many victories. One that he is most famous for is defeating Goliath, then escaping death from the jealous king Saul. David had his share of sinful behavior, but his heart for God kept him repenting and seeking God’s hand of mercy.
When we look over our lives, I believe just like David, we can profess that goodness; the blessings from God, the things we didn’t deserved arrived on our door steps without invitation. We can declare that mercy stepped in when our expected outcome did not look favorable. As we sing a synonymous song of confidence with the psalmist David, and declare that the goodness and mercy of God shall meet us at every intersection in life; my prayer is that we gain confidence in knowing that God is for us. And as we dwell within His plan for our lives, we know that all things are working together for our good and that outside of His presence there is no peace and no hope.
To God be the glory for all He has done!