Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life . . . “

      (Psalm 23:6).

People may disappoint us, but God’s goodness and mercy are always sure.   He “does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).   Our devotion to Him may falter, but His devotion to us never does and never will.  Although we are unfaithful, He remains faithful for He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13).

David did not say, “maybe, possibly, or hopefully,” but “Surely”—and that is a promise we can count on, a certainty!  We cannot get away from His promises!   They are sure to follow us wherever we go.

God’s goodness and mercy followed Jonah inside a great fish, Daniel into the lions’ den, his friends into a fiery furnace, and they also followed Jesus to the Cross of Calvary.  Think of the storms, the messes, the “impossible” situations God has brought you through, the doors He has opened—and closed, the heavy burdens He has lifted.  Blessings we don’t deserve are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23).  With God, it’s a sure thing!

“All the days of my life”—what do you see in the days ahead?  Days at home raising a family?  Days  struggling on the job? Days of loneliness and poor health?  Days of caring for a sick loved one?  Days in prison isolated from family and friends?  Days of battling disappointment and depression?  Days of uncertainty and unrest?  “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”

Anne Cetas shares the following story in an “Our Daily Bread” devotional (1-23-11):

Jack and Trisha were driving to the hospital late one night for the birth of their second child when the unexpected happened. Trisha began to deliver the baby!  Jack called 911 and Cherie White, an emergency dispatcher was able to talk Jack through the delivery, but the baby wouldn’t breathe. So Cherie then instructed Jack how to give emergency breathing, which he had to do for 6 anxious minutes. Finally the newborn took a breath and cried. When asked later how they all got through the ordeal and remained calm, Cherie responded, “I’m glad God works midnights!”

When something good happens, the Lord deserves the credit, for He is the source of all that is good.   Whenever something bad happens, He is good for He works all things together for our good and His glory.   Goodness to provide, and mercy to pardon—we’ll never have a day without them!

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the living Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God. –R. Kelso Carter


  1. I’m so thankful for God’s promises and that He keeps them! It’s so comforting to know that He loves me and works all things together for good in my life. I praise Him for his goodness and mercy, which I do not deserve.

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