I would like to share one of my all-time favorite verses about God’s goodness as I conclude this week meditating on my word for the week – Good.
This verse is a conclusion to one of the ”most recognized chapter”, not just on the book of Psalms but in the entirety of the Bible – Psalm 23. Whenever I meditate on this word, I always get reminded His goodness in my life – passing grades in one dreadful subject in college, gave me a new job right after I resigned without a backup plan, miracles over my family.
I like how the The Passion Translation Bible transcribe Psalm 23.
“The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough.”
David acknowledged that the Lord is his best friend and his Shepherd. In the succeeding verse, still in TPT version, David remembered how the Good Shepherd offers him rest in his luxurious love.
In a world of haste and technology, I often ended up tired and weary. Or at times, I have been talking a lot to people at work but I get lonely at night when it is time to retire. There are times that all I could do was cry – but every time I felt empty, and when I start running to Him, He always fills my cup with His love and I always get a good rest afterward.
Our Good Shepherd always guides us so that we could have rest for our exhausted heart, downcasted souls, and anxious minds. And at times when we perceived that we are walking towards suffering or darkness, He strengthens our heart and giving us His comfort that He will not leave us nor forsake us.
The comfort of Your Love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for You are near. Psalm 23:4
Just as Jesus declares in John 10:11, He is our good Shepherd; the one that will lay down His life for sheep. If He can put aside His deity and give up His life for me, what else I could ask for that He could not give? For indeed, in His death, I have the affirmation that His goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life – this may pertain to the wholesomeness of the temporal things that we need while we are here; but the greatest assurance that I have is that one day, because of what the Good Shepherd has done, I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever where His goodness and mercy does not end.
So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! – Psalm 23:6