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EPISODE 277 – PURSUED BY GOODNESS AND MERCY 1

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Friday 27th October, 2023

PURSUED BY GOODNESS AND MERCY 1


“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever” 

Psalm 23:6 (NKJV)


The most quoted phrase of the Psalm 23 is the verse 6. Mostly (not sure of the early days of the Church, but from the past few centuries ago) used as a closing benediction during Church meetings.

Sometimes the popularity of a chapter or verse makes it seem to be a cliché. Notwithstanding, the gleanings we’ve had all through Psalm 23, it is obvious this Psalm is rich in the revelation of divine comfort and peace.

Within the heart of the first part of verse 6, is the word “FOLLOW“.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life…

One may think it should rather be “Goodness and Mercy”. However, the focus is on the function and operative mode of “Goodness and Mercy”.

The word “FOLLOW” doesn’t bring out the complete picture from the original Hebrew word.

To follow in English means to go, come after, or proceed. This is not strong enough to depict the original meaning.

As you will understand what Goodness and Mercy represent, you will realise the irony of having these nouns as the subject of the verb “FOLLOW“.

The original Hebrew word is “râdaph”, which means to run after (usually with hostile intent); to chase; put to flight; follow after on a hunt as a lion hunts its prey; be under persecution; pursue; or pursuer.

This verb usually describes the hostility of an enemy.

This was used by the Psalmist to create a word picture of the aggressiveness of the Good Shepherd; showing how His loving kindness pursues you even when you seem to be avoiding it and going off course.

There are moments when the adversary floods your heart with doubtful and undeserving thoughts. You begin to look down on yourself and feel all the kindness and warmth of the Shepherd-Host shouldn’t be for you. You look back on your life and feel you have made so many mistakes and all you deserve is punishments.

Nevertheless, the Lord has set up or programmed His Goodness and Mercy in your life to pursue and hunt you into His comfort haven.

No matter which direction you go in life, you can’t hide from the aggressive and overwhelming pursuit of the Lord’s Goodness and Mercy.
No wonder He said:
“And I give them eternal life, and they will never, ever [by any means] perish; and no one will ever snatch them out of My hand” John 10:28 (Amplified Bible).

Beloved, have this assurance and unbending certainty that you cannot be part of the sheepfold of the Lord Jesus and be a disadvantage.

It is impossible to be His sheep and not be overwhelmed by His Goodness and Mercy. Your life is in the focus of the hunting gears of His Goodness and Mercy.

Hallelujah!

Shalom Aleichem.

DIG DEEPER
(Psalm 36:7-10; Psalm 103:17; Psalm 145:9; Lamentations 3:22-23)
 
WE PRAY
That in all aspects of your life, you shall experience the overwhelming pursuit and comfort of the goodness and mercy of the Lord.
 
BIBLE READING IN THE YEAR 2023
Jeremiah 42 – 45
2 Corinthians 7 – 8
 
DECLARE THESE WORDS:
– I experience the overwhelming pursuit and comfort of the goodness and mercy of the Lord.
 
– I am part of the Lord’s sheepfold and I cannot be a disadvantage.
 
– My life is in the focus of the hunting gears of His Goodness and mercy.
 
– I  refuse to allow any situation, challenge, past mistakes or even past failures to make me feel underserving of the kindness and warmth of my Shepherd-Host.
 
Oh Hallelujah!!!

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Josephine Fianu
Josephine Fianu
7 months ago

I experience the overwhelming pursuit and comfort of the goodness and mercy of the Lord.

Josephine Fianu
Josephine Fianu
7 months ago

I refuse to allow any situation, challenge, past mistakes or even past failures to make me feel underserving of the kindness and warmth of my Shepherd-Host.
 

Bumbede
Bumbede
7 months ago

Hallelujah,
My Shepherd-Host is the best.
Because I am in His sheepfold I am always overwhelmed by His Goodness and Mercy

MAC RICH
MAC RICH
7 months ago

OH HALLELUJAH! GLORY TO GOD.

Emmanuel Gmajombane
Emmanuel Gmajombane
7 months ago

Hallelujah

Thank you Lord Jesus for your goodness and mercy in my life.

Bernard
Bernard
7 months ago

– I refuse to allow any situation, challenge, past mistakes or even past failures to make me feel underserving of the kindness and warmth of my Shepherd-Host. Gloreey

Hamdiyah
7 months ago

Thank you Lord Jesus.
In every aspect of my life shall I experience the overwhelming pursuit of the Lord.
Gloreeeeey.

Emmanuel Opoku
Emmanuel Opoku
7 months ago

Glory to God!
My life is in the focus of the hunting gears of His Goodness and Mercy

Prince Semanu
Prince Semanu
7 months ago

Surely goodness and mercy runs after me…..

Juliet Yeboah Appiah
Juliet Yeboah Appiah
7 months ago

Thank You Jesus. I don’t give room for thoughts that will make me feel I don’t deserve the Love of my Shepherd. I love You Jesus

Nuel
Nuel
7 months ago

Hallelujah

My life is in the hunting gear of the Goodness and Mercy of God

Vincent Mensah
Vincent Mensah
7 months ago

I experience the overwhelming pursuit and comfort of the goodness and mercy of the Lord.

I love my shepherd!!

Benjamin Okyere
Benjamin Okyere
7 months ago

I am part of the sheepfold of my host so I cannot be a disadvantage

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
7 months ago

Eish, this is rich. The Goodness and mercy of the Lord PERSUES me. Hallelujah!

Francis
Francis
7 months ago

Ohh glorrrreeeeeyyyyyy
His Goodness and mercy pursues me..
I don’t look for it…
It hunts me down
Glorrrreeeeeyyyyyy

Francis
Francis
7 months ago

This is amazing Grace
This is unfailing Love.

Francis
Francis
7 months ago

JESUS I sing for..all that you’ve done for.me
Hallelujah

Dr. Elvis Twumasi
Dr. Elvis Twumasi
7 months ago

Glory to God, such gracious words of wisdom, Indeed Goodnes and Mercy hunts, chase and run after me daily. Thank you Jesus my Good Shepherd

Daniel F. Agbosu
Daniel F. Agbosu
7 months ago

Reading this alone is overwhelming. Much more his goodness and mercy

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Akporhor Cynthia
Akporhor Cynthia
6 months ago

Surely his goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
Thank you Jesus

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