Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
“Shall follow me.” The Hebrew word for “follow” here is radaph. This word means “to pursue, to set off after someone in order to catch them.” Radaph is the word used to describe how Abraham pursued Lot when he was taken captive by the Four Kings (Gen.14:14). Abraham called out his 318 trained special forces and chased down those kings over 120 miles, defeated them in battle, and rescued Lot.
Do you see God’s kindness and faithful love (goodness and mercy) as casually walking behind you 50 yards back? Or do you see them relentlessly pursuing after you in order to rescue your heart?
Do you believe that God is pursuing you? Right now, this very moment? Do you think He has forgotten about you? Is too busy for you? Do you feel “far from God?” Do you say things like “I want to get closer to God,” or “I’ve left God behind.”
This may be how you think or feel, but you cannot be far from a God who is constantly chasing you. You can never outrun His grace or mercy. You cannot outrun His presence. You can never be far from a God who lives inside of you- whose “house you dwell in.”
Do you see everything in your life as God’s pursuit of you?
Every interruption today will be God pursuing of you.
Every trial today will be God pursuing of you.
Every hard task will be God pursuing you.
Every conversation that you have with someone will be God pursuing you.
Every failure that you feel will be God pursuing you.
Every success that you achieve will be God pursuing you.
Every opportunity to love will be God pursuing you.
Every situation you face today will be God pursuing you.
Even every sin you commit, even the ones that make you feel far from God, if you will look up from the pig sty, you will see your better older brother standing over you offering you his goodness and mercy to pull you out of the mud and into his arms to be carried back to the table of your Father. A table set in a house where you will dwell with God forever.