In our text, when David said, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” what he meant was, that is the Person he is following. The truth about this passage of the Bible is that goodness and mercy don’t follow us, but they follow the Lord and as many as follow the Lord, the Lord will have goodness and mercy following them.
In Israel, the shepherd leads the flock from the front. The shepherd leads in front. We know Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd,” He leads in front and His sheep follow Him. Just as the governor of a state goes out with an entourage, God also does not come anywhere alone. When He came in the Old Testament, He came with an entourage of angels, two of which are called goodness and mercy.
God will never lead you where His presence will not go ahead of you. You will find out that before you get there, He has arranged for people to wait for you. He will never lead you to a company where they will say they don’t know you. When you get there, they will be expecting you. He’s working on the heart of men to your advantage and He will go ahead of you if you’re following Him. The only way God will go ahead of you is for you to follow Him. He can’t go ahead of you if you’re ahead of Him, but if you’ll follow Him, He’ll go ahead of you.
PRAYER: Lord, I’m making a decision today to wait on You. I won’t follow my idea, I won’t follow my opinion, and I won’t follow my education. I’ll wait on You. Even if it doesn’t look logical, once You say I should do it, I will do it.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 23:1-24:51, Matthew 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Proverbs 3:1-6
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