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Lessons For King's Kids- Series- Conclusion

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Author: UEC Team
Date: November 23, 2016

Scripture

[ecko_quote source=" Psalms 23:5-6"]You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever [/ecko_quote]

Devotion

With this devotion, I would conclude our meditation on the twenty-third Psalm. In this Shepherd’s Psalm, double portion and running over blessing is described in this way- Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over (V5). The Lord prepared a table for Job in the midst of his friendly enemies and from that point on, Job’s life was a constant party. Before Job died at a ripe old age, God had given Job greater riches than he had in the beginning, seven new sons, three beautiful daughters, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren too numerous to mention. His head was anointed with oil, all right-oil representing the presence of the Holy Spirit- and his cup blessings overflowed all over the place.

With all that happening, we can be sure of the truth of the last verse of the Shepherd’s Psalm; 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 (v6). This is a fact as indisputable as it is encouraging, and therefore a heavenly verily, or "surely" is set as a seal upon it. This sentence may be read, "only goodness and mercy," for there shall be unmingled mercy in our history. These twin guardian angels will always be with me at my back and my beck. Just as when great princes go abroad they must not go unattended, so it is with the believer. Goodness and mercy follow him always -- all the days of his life -- the black days as well as the bright days, the days of fasting as well as the days of feasting, the dreary days of winter as well as the bright days of summer. Goodness supplies our needs, and mercy blots out our sins.

Moreover, I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. "A servant abideth not in the house for ever, but the son abideth ever." While I am here I will be a child at home with my God; the whole world shall be His house to me; and when I ascend into the upper chamber, I shall not change my company, nor even change the house; I shall only go to dwell in the upper storey of the house of the Lord for ever. May God grant us grace to dwell in the serene atmosphere of this most blessed Psalm!

As Christians, we can move forward into an unknown, uncertain future saying, “Surely,” because the Lord is our Shepherd! Verse 1 reads, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” The word “want” means lack. Surely our Shepherd will supply our every need! There will nothing lacking in our lives. Psalm 34:9-10 says, “O fear the LORD, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” The apostle Paul says it another way in Philippians 4:19. “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

With the Lord as our Shepherd, there is No lack for intimacy. David said “my shepherd.” A little girl once said, “The Lord is my shepherd, that is all I want.” There is a real truth in that statement. A shepherd knew each of his sheep by name. There was an intimate relationship that formed between the shepherd and his sheep!

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Have you ever thought of verse 6 as a promise? The Lord, our Shepherd, has promised to provide or supply goodness and mercy everyday of our lives, all of our lives! The problem is, we often fail to recognise it! We are so trained to think that we must chase after what we call “good things,” like a big screen television. It is foreign for us to think about good things chasing after us! God has a scheme of beauty and love, nipping right at our heels, but our eyes are not trained to see it in our lives. So often we miss it.

Jesus, our Shepherd, is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Knowing Jesus can warm and gladden our hearts in every situation.

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