Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 23:6
“Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” – Psalm 23:6
This is the last verse in Psalm 23, where he wraps up these thoughts on God’s goodness to Him. David declares all the good things God provides for him. He says that whatever His needs are, God provide them for him. He take him to green pastures to rest in, and to quiet waters to quench his thirst. When he was weary or sinned against the Lord, God will forgive him and strengthen him. No matter where Gid leads him, he does not fear, for the Lord is with him all the time. The Lord blesses him in the presence of his enemies because God’s rod and staff comforts him because He is protected.
Now, in verse six we read, “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life” Psalm 26:6a. God has promised those who live their lives for God, just as David did, goodness and lovingkindness. And this will be his life all the days of his life. Another verse says something very similar. “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.” Psalm 27:4. What he is asking for is that he can spend time in God’s house in worship and devotion to Him. This was very important to him, for worship and praise was an essential part of his life. He loved being in the temple, meditating on God.
David trusted that for the rest of his life goodness and lovingkindness would be a part of his experience. We read in Lamentations the following, “ Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me. The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:19-23. His lovingkindness and His compassion never fails. In fact, they are new every morning. The beauty of this is that His love is always with us, and we can trust this with no questioning.
Now, the last past of our focus verse says, “And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:6b. In my research, many have stated that this does not mean eternal, but the rest of life. However, I tend to disagree with this. Here is the focus verse again. “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:6. There are two time periods mentioned. “all the days of my life” and ‘I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”. All the days of my life, and forever. These must be two different periods of time because of the distinction. So, in this last part of the verse, it is saying that forever, I will spend in His house. If this was a temporal idea, then we would be living forever here. We know that is not the case. Also, look at what is said in the book of Revelation. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,” Revelation 21:3. You may be asking, how would David know of this?. There are many verses where God reveals the future to David, so this is not necessarily out of the norm.
And what David was promised in this verse, is ours, as Christians, as well. Think about this verse in relation to you. “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:6. And I must say I look forward to these days.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.