Surely, All, and Forever

Psalm 23:6 — Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (NKJV).

There are three words that jumped out at me when I read this verse—surely, all, and forever. All three words are definite. The word surely implies something is definitely going to happen; you can count on it. All means every or total, not lacking. The word forever means never-ending or eternal. Now I want to direct your attention to the phrases these words are attached to in Proverbs 23:6. Be encouraged today!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you. Have you ever been followed before? I have. Being followed by someone is usually annoying or creepy, but God’s goodness and mercy can tail me anytime. His goodness is His unmerited favor. Who wouldn’t want that? His mercy is what keeps us from getting what we deserve. Hallelujah! I hope you’re getting this today. How awesome!

But not only are His goodness and mercy surely going to follow you, they’re surely going to follow you all the days of your life. That means God has a fresh dose of goodness and mercy for you every single day. When you wake up in the morning, His favor is upon you and His mercies are made new. Perhaps you needed to be reminded of this truth today. God has an endless supply of goodness and mercy stockpiled, and He liberally provides it to all of His kids!

Lastly, David said you would dwell in the house of the Lord forever. The Amplified Bible says His presence will be our dwelling place the length of our days. It is not God’s intention for anyone to ever live outside of His presence. He is readily available at all times; we simply fail to acknowledge Him. Recognize His presence, and get ready for His goodness and mercy to follow you.

Lamentations 3:23 — Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning (NLT).

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