“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for over.” Psalm 23:6
Although I preached a series of sermons from the 23rd Psalm last summer, I am always amazed at how the Lord continues to speak to my heart from this beloved chapter! Most of the Psalm deals with the sheep following the shepherd. Sometimes it is through green pastures and by still waters. Other times it is through the valley of the shadow of death or in the presence of enemies. But it is always about the Lord leading and the sheep following.
That is, until the last verse. Suddenly it is about the sheep leading and the shepherd following. It almost doesn’t make much sense does it? This reminds us of the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15 where one sheep ceased to follow the shepherd and ended up wandering in the wilderness so the shepherd had to search relentlessly until he found it.
I wish I could say that I have always followed the Good Shepherd the way I was supposed to, but that would be a lie. Like David, there have been far too many times when I ignored his voice and went my own way. It was then that the Shepherd began to “follow me” with goodness and mercy to bring me back to the place I should have been all along!
Our desire should be to follow our Savior faithfully, but what a comfort to know that even when we stray, He will never leave us nor forsake us! He will follow us all the days of our lives to bring us back! That’s one way that we know that we are truly His sheep!