Psalm 23: 6(KJV)
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
It is noted, God has and will bestow His double blessing of ‘Goodness and mercy’ on His children. These are just the two things into which God’s beneficence, generally considered, naturally divides itself. Goodness to creatures; mercy to sinful creatures.
By observation, we notice that this is the “result” of what is stated in the previous verses. The effect of God‘s merciful dealings with him had been to lead his mind to the assurance that God would always be his shepherd and friend; that He would never leave him to want..
To David the events of life were displays of God’s goodness and mercy. To some, in view of David’s life, this seems an exaggeration. Such an opinion must, however, be founded upon either erroneous or defective views of the nature of God’s special providence, or on ignorance and misapprehension of the objects to which that providence is directed. God’s special providence implies that he exercises a controlling influence over all our actions, they being to a certain extent determined as being the necessary effects of man’s constitution and circumstances combined, and which God has formed, appointed, and arranged.
This text seem to refer to the time when Absalom had risen in rebellion, and David had been driven to seek refuge in Mahanaim. Retribution had been following on his track with feet shod with wool, and he was now only reaping what he had sown in an alienated people and a rebellious son. But the light of heaven shone through the darkness soul, for at the same time he felt himself compassed about with a sense of deliverance. Goodness and mercy were following him to make reparation for his evil days. God gave him back the faith of his childhood.
The idea is a beautiful one, the idea of God’s goodness outrunning our necessities; but in our deeper moods we feel we need it to follow us. We need God for our yesterdays as much as for our tomorrow and our today!
Have a great and godly day!