"Surely goodness and mercy will follow me..." Psalms 23:6 (Part 2)
After King David says that he is certain of God’s goodness and mercy, he then tells us something that is truly astonishing. He says that they follow him. How do mercy and goodness follow somebody?
I have been working with broken people for a long time now. Here’s what I have seen in jails, prisons, shelters, rehab houses ... any place where there are broken people. The best way to “fix” a broken person is to put them alongside a godly one.
I have had the privilege of working with some amazing men and women that have God’s goodness and mercy following them around wherever they go. When someone comes to them for help, they have God’s goodness and mercy literally oozing from them into others. Broken people walk into these godly lives and they suddenly start to see their own lives begin to change.
It’s a pretty remarkable thing to watch. God’s blessing follows these men and women and blesses the people that come around them.
Look at what Psalms 1:1-3 says:
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.”
That is describing a person who is bearing the goodness and mercy of God. If you are broken ... if you are struggling ... if you can’t seem to get life on track ... ask yourself this question: are my friends godly or worldly? Do I have any godly people in my life?
If the answer is no, I can probably tell you why your life isn’t working out the way you want. You need godly people in your life. That’s one of the reasons I tell people that they need to be in a church. That’s where you find godly people.
“In the way of righteousness is life.”