Surely Goodness & Mercy… Stop Calling Me Shirley!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

Every time I read this verse, 2 things always come to mind. One is of substance, the other is amusing. Let’s start with the amusing…

I heard the story of a woman who had twin girls and this verse was the inspiration for their names. She named her girls:

1} “Shirley Goodness”
2} “Anne Mercy”


Now on to more substantial things…

Several days ago I proposed that disciples need to be pursuing God with determination, like one army chasing another army (Psalm 63). But did you know that God also chases us down? When David says that goodness and mercy shall follow him all the days of his life, he is speaking of the LORD who chases us down. The Hebrew word for follow is the same word used in Psalm 63:8 where David says he pursues/chases God. Here, in Psalm 23, it is God doing the chasing! God pursues His people! We might expect David’s enemies {v.5} to be chasing him down. But instead, God’s mercy and goodness pursue David. Here we have a beautiful picture of the LORD pursuing the people He loves.

Look over your shoulder today. God is pursuing you!

Thankful for His relentless goodness and mercy,


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