“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want…. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23, verses 1 and 6)
We trust and lean into God in good times and in bad. The opening line to Psalm 23 is such great reassurance. Paul also knew well the key to being content in any and all situations because he knew that God’s presence in his life was all that really mattered. Paul always lived life with one eye on the eternal prize. In Philippians 4 we read these words: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” The strength we find in God is the key to our contentment in this life.
And the last line of the Psalm!!! “Surely goodness and love will follow me… and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” These words resonate so deeply within our souls. These words are our reassurance that even though we pass through the shadows in this lifetime, God’s love and goodness are always there. They are a foretaste of dwelling in His house forever. When we go through the day-to-day with this in mind, we can find the contentment and peace that comes from walking with Christ. May our walk today be in lockstep with Jesus!!