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23rd Psalm – Sat – 22-10-29



Have you ever visited someplace and wished you could live there? Maybe you’ve been to an all-inclusive resort on some Mexican beach or Caribbean island. Or maybe you’ve been to a lodge nestled in the mountains with a fantastic view. A nice home near a great golf course attracts some people. Others visit a city that has all the amenities and attractions, and wish they could afford to live there. For me, I’m more of a mountain person. I get bored at the beach. I hate the bustle of the city, though I appreciate some European cities more than those in the U.S. I also think Hong Kong is beautiful. But I’ll take the mountains over anything. 

We all want a safe, beautiful place to live with great weather and the people and things we enjoy nearby. A place to live the good life.

God’s care for us is described as living with him. Psalms 23:6 says, “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (NIV)

Does the idea of dwelling in God’s house excite you? My guess is probably not. But the psalmist tells us that God cares for us in many ways. He provides for us, protects us and lavishes his blessing on us like a banquet. That’s what his house is like. God caring for us is the good life.


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23rd Psalm – Fri – 22-10-28



Sometimes people experience a string of bad luck. In August, bad luck followed a couple in Norfolk, Virginia. A few hours before John Jefferies would start his new job, he decided to go to the convenience store. He rode his skateboard and was hit by a car that came out of nowhere. It knocked him unconscious and left him with a broken nose, broken ribs and back trouble. Five days later, the couple’s only car was stolen. Now they face the challenge of getting John to doctor appointments and the kids to school without a vehicle.1

Then there’s Corey Simons in Chicago. His car was stolen twice within three hours. The first time, his car was stolen from the shop where it was receiveing an oil change. The police arrived three minutes after he called. A GPS tracker helped the police recover the car. Simons hopped in and drove to a gas station. While he filled the car with gas, another person climbed in and stole it again. The same police officers recover it again.2

Wouldn’t you rather have good things follow you in life? They can. According to the twenty-third Psalm God cares for us like a shepherd cares for sheep. After describing God’s care, the psalmist concludes with this verse. “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (NIV)


  1. Antoinette DelBel, “‘The nightmare doesn’t end. It just keeps going’: Norfolk family devastated after string of bad luck,” WTKR, August  18, 2022, https://www.wtkr.com/news/the-nightmare-doesnt-end-it-just-keeps-going-norfolk-family-devastated-after-string-of-bad-luck
  2. Mark Rivera, “Man has car stolen twice in 3 hours in Chicago: ‘Luck is on my side’,” WLS-TV Chicago, September 26, 2022, https://abc7chicago.com/car-stolen-twice-chicago-police-crime/12251762/

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Psalm 23 – Sat – 21-10-09



Joe Namath is a legend in American football. He was the quarterback for the New York Jets in 1969. They won the AFL championship game and were 18-point underdogs to the Baltimore Colts for Superbowl III. Three days before the big game, Namath guaranteed a Jets victory in a statement to the press. People thought he was crazy to do it! However, the Jets went on to win 16 – 7. Namath’s bold assertion of victory is one of the most famous statements made by an athlete.*

Speaking of bold assertions, the 23rd Psalm begins with one  – “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” It also ends with the same attitude. Verse 6 says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

Notice the psalmist’s assurance has two parts. First, he is sure about life today — goodness and mercy would follow to the end of life. Second was assurance about eternity. He would dwell in the Lord’s house forever.

The psalm teaches us to have trust and dependence on God, like sheep that follow a shepherd. In John 10:11 Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” That is the reason we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!


*Kellar Ellsworth, “1969: Joe Namath Guarantees A Super Bowl Victory For His Underdog Jets,” Groovy History, https://groovyhistory.com/joe-namath-super-bowl-guarantee.

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