Psalms 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”
Surely. This word is used to show that the following statement is true. Similar to truly or verily. Used to show that what is said will happen.
Goodness. The quality of being good. The only one that is good is God the Father, Jesus the Son, or the Holy Spirit. The triune Godhead is perfect in all goodness.
And. Conjunction. Combining goodness and mercy. This shows that the Shepherd (Jesus) is both good and merciful.
Mercy. The act of compassion and forgiveness when the actual result should be punishment and chastisement. This is what we deserve but Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins and take our punishment on himself. This is the ultimate act of mercy.
Shall. Refers to the future. Jesus will be with us forever. When we invite Jesus into our lives, He is there to guid us and help us.
Follow. Opposite of lead. The sheep (people) are to follow the Shepherd (Jesus). Jesus laid out the perfect example of how to life and we are to follow that example.
Me. Refers to the sheep (people). Goodness and Mercy shall follow those who call Jesus their Lord and personal Savior.
All. Not some. Not a few. All. Not skipping one.
The. Article to show one group, in this case, days.
Days. A 24 hour period of time. There are 7 in a week. Jesus is always with us. Never taking a break or a day off.
Of. Preposition leading to my life.
My. Possessive word referring to what is the sheep’s (people’s).
Life. The existence of people or other living things. Life is considered precious by most. Life is so precious that Jesus died so that our lives have meaning. The meaning of living a life for the next life. An eternal one.
And. Conjunction to combine.
I. Refers to sheep (person writing or anyone reading)
Will. Future tense. Refers to what is to come.
Dwell. Where you live.
In. A direction preposition.
The. Referring to the House of the Lord.
House. A building.
Of. Leading to the Lord.
The. Referring to one. This case, Lord.
Lord. The title of power given to Jesus. Jesus is the Lord of Lords. He is over all.
Forever. A time that does not end. God is forever. He has existed since before creation and will exist far after the end of the world.
Goodness and mercy come from Jesus. When following Jesus, goodness and mercy come with that. Dwelling in the House of the Lord also comes with a life of following Jesus. Jesus is our Shepherd. We are the sheep. We follow Jesus’ lead. Jesus is always there. He always cares.
Thank You for Your goodness and mercy. Without these, we perish. With them, we have eternal life. Thank You for giving us rest in the House of the Lord forever. We can never repay all that You have done for us. We are eternally grateful. You are our Lord. We are Your people. We need You at all times. I pray that more come to know You and what You can do.
In Your name we pray,