South Harbor Church

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Byron Center, Michigan 49315
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Psalm 23 – Goodness and Mercy Follow

April 1, 2020

Reclaiming Lent

So, this is my third written contribution to our prayer and fasting journey. 

We have been thinking about Psalm 23. 

Psalm 23 is a desert song. 

David, it’s author, grew up a shepherd in the desert. 

The Psalm begins with David recognizing that God is like a shepherd.  He leads us through the most difficult deserts. 

Then, in verse 4, the language shifts.  When David finds himself in the darkest valley, the language shifts from the impersonal “He leads me” to the personal “You are with me.”  But not only does the language shift, the location of God shifts; God is no longer found out in front, but has moved to the center of the flock.

But, there is one more shift.

Again, see if you catch it.

The Psalm ends like this:

Psalm 23V6 (King James Version)

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me

    all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


Did you catch it?

Goodness and love will FOLLOW me.

Following … is behind. 

And what are goodness and love?  Well, those are two attributes that are only fully true of God and God alone. 

Remember, Jesus says, “No one is good but God.” 

John (Jesus’ disciple) describes God as “God is love.” 

So, God follows behind us. 

When we blow it. 

When we fail. 

When we make a mess of things .. God follows behind us. 

He restores it. 

He redeems it. 

He takes our weaknesses and He transforms them into something unbelievably beautiful. 

I love Psalm 23. 

We have split it into three sections, but the Psalm was meant to be read as one.

And, when you do, something incredible happens — you see the brilliance of what David saw!

God is out in front of us — leading.

God is in the middle of the storm with us —comforting.

God is behind us — following. 

In other words, when we find ourselves in the most difficult situations … PAY ATTENTION.


Pray today that your eyes would be opened up and that you would see our God. 

I am praying with you.

(Oh, and at some point in the day it would be a good idea to just start a list of all things God is teaching you in this season.) 


pastor tim wilson