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Pursued

Psalm 1 indicates that the book of Psalms may yield its riches for those who slow down and think upon them.  “Oh, the joys of those who … delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night” (Ps 1:1, 2).  I’ve taken this to heart as I approach Psalms in my daily encounter with the Bible.   As a kid I learned Ps 23, “The Lord is my shepherd …” by heart.   At the time I had no idea of the immense strength it would yield to me later in life.  Slowing down has enabled me to read the psalm deeply.   In v.6 I read, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.”  The word “Surely” must indicate a deduction, a conclusion at the end of the process.  David in our modern lingo might say, “Hey, I’ve worked it out.  With the Lord as my shepherd, the goodness and unfailing love of God will find me.  I will not have to chase it.”  The implication for us is that I/you could be a magnet to God’s goodness and unfailing love.  It is like goodness and love are roaming the earth looking for a place to land, and I/you present a great target, especially when good landing spots are rare.  The amazing thing is we don’t have to be anything different from what we’re designed to become a target.  People were never designed to carry sin.  They were designed to carry God.  The NT picks this up with the idea the human body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” (1 Cor 6:19).   Goodness and unfailing love are such desirable but elusive qualities.  But they that hunt us down and stick to us, not for a day, not for a week, but for all the days of our lives.  “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.”  The verse finishes with, “and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.”  The house of the Lord is a cypher for where Jesus is.  Once Jesus is genuinely tasted, desire is touched to its deepest level.  There is no better place to be, and it’s forever.  God’s goodness and unfailing love pursue us!  Oh yes please, Lord, bring it on! 

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