Everyone knows this beloved psalm. He leads me through the valley of the shadow of death. He is my shepherd.
Interesting insight: Remember, David wrote this as an old man. As he reflects on his life and the faithfulness of God to him, he closes the psalm with these words--- "surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life."
Why did I highlight the word "surely"?
Because it can also be translated "only". As David looks over his life, he sees that "only" goodness and mercy have followed him. What does that mean? That even the pain and sorrow and tears have led to and been overwhelmed by the goodness and mercy of God.
Wow. I think of Rev 7:17 and 21:4 - He shall wipe away every tear and THERE SHALL BE NO MORE PAIN.
May this be the reality for all his saints who journey through this valley of the shadow of death, which is life in a fallen world.
May you see the goodness and mercy in your life so fully that you no longer see the pain and sorrow....
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