The final verse of Psalm 23 is perhaps the most comforting of all of them. In this verse we really see comfort for both life and death. As I mention in a previous video Psalm 23 has sometimes been associated with death and dying. Yet it is true there’s so much meat in there for us to consider even for our life, even for our time here on earth.
David writes in that final verse
Surely goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6)
What incredibly comforting words, but it often doesn’t feel that way for us. Our lives are filled with so much sorrow, suffering, and pain. We think to ourselves we deserve so much better than this.
You know what do we truly deserve from God? We really deserve only his wrath and punishment for our sins and yet God provides. His goodness and mercy pursue us all the days of our life. In fact God even provides for the wicked, even those that don’t care a thing about him, he still provides for their physical needs.
But how much more so for us, who trust in him is his dear children? As He pours out for us his blessings of mercy upon us not giving us what we deserve for our sins, but instead bestowing upon us grace through His Son Jesus Christ. Reminding us again and again, reassuring us that we have an eternal home awaiting us forever in heaven.
Yes this Psalm is comforting not just at the time of death, but even in life. Be comforted in knowing that the Lord is your Shepherd. With him you lack nothing. Amen.