Only proper and kindness Psalm pursue me all the days of my life; and I even have dwelled inside the residence of the Lord for a duration of days.
If we take a look at the final verse of Psalm 23 separated from its context we see a lovely statement of peace and pride with one’s existence. Only true and kindness. Wow! No suffering in any respect. No encounters with evil. Truly a blessed existence. How rare and blessed should someone be to stay a existence wherein there is simplest right and kindness? I, for one, can’t clearly believe that such someone exists.
But if we develop our perspective on this verse and have a look at the verses of the Psalm that leads up to this final verse, we see some thing very one-of-a-kind.
Even as I stroll within the valley of the shadow of loss of life I worry no evil…
Your rod and your personnel…
You set a desk before me towards my enemies…
Our psalmist has walked within the valley of the shadow of demise. He has felt the stinging rebuke of the Lord’s rod. And apparently, he has enemies with whom he need to contend.
It seems that his existence has had lots greater than simplest good and kindness. So what did he suggest while he wrote our verse?
I consider that we will apprehend the total meaning of this verse – and the complete Psalm 23 – by using evaluating it to a chain of verses some other place in Psalms.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked strengthen against me to eat me, it’s far my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
Though an navy besieges me; my coronary heart will no longer fear; even though war break out against me, even then I could be confident.
One element I ask from the Lord, this handiest do I seek: that I may additionally dwell within the residence of the Lord all the days of my lifestyles, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to searching for Him in His temple.
For inside the day of trouble He will keep me safe in his residing; He will hide me within the shelter of His sacred tent and set me excessive upon a rock. (Psalm 27:1-five)
Like Psalm 23, Psalm 27 has David affirming that he has no worry regardless of the enemies who are searching for to harm him. Notice that during those verses from Psalm 27 the Psalmist’s preference to reside within the house of the Lord is sandwiched among verses that describe how God continues him secure and that he does now not fear.
By looking that these psalms facet with the aid of facet we see that David’s use of the concept of dwelling in the house of the Lord is constant in each of these Psalms. David sees the house of the Lord as the location wherein he has been sheltered from worry and harm. In this area he is no longer concerned approximately enemies and attackers. In the house of the Lord he feels at ease and free to bask in the glory of God’s presence.
Only top and kindness pursue me all of the days of my existence;
The Hebrew verb root for pursue that is used here – RDF – generally refers to an attacker pursuing a victim. It is authentic that there are different instances in which it refers to a tremendous pursuit; for example, inside the widely known verse, Justice, justice shall you pursue (Deuteronomy 20:16). Nevertheless, the connotation of a threatening attacker pursuing his victim is in reality the more not unusual usage in Scripture.
Based on this nuance of the phrase pursue, as well as the broader context of the verses that preceded our verse, I would like to indicate a deeper know-how of the remaining line of Psalm 23.
Only properly and kindness pursue me all the days of my life;
In my feedback to verse 1 I made connection with Jacob, the first individual to consult the Lord as a shepherd, who used this description of God on the end of his life. Jacob suffered greatly throughout his life. He was again and again threatened by way of enemies who sought to damage him. And at the cease of his lifestyles, in reputation of the reality – that God blanketed him and guided him at some stage in all of his problems – he refers to God as the One who shepherded him from beginning to the cease. (Genesis forty eight:15)
Perhaps this is the that means of our verse. Only suitable and kindness pursue me all of the days of my existence… In different phrases, now that I recognise that the Lord was with me all alongside, I understand that even the trials and problems that I encountered have been for my own right. There turned into in reality no evil in any respect. Only appropriate and kindness pursue me. My pursuers – the attackers and threats – were simply another expression of the Lord shepherding me and guiding me to Him.
It is straightforward to sense close to the Lord while we obtain overt and obvious blessings. What David teaches us in Psalm 23 – and in Psalm 27 – is that to definitely reside in the house of the Lord; to simply live in His presence, we ought to recognize and recognise that He is with us all the time. We are continually inside the presence of the Lord if we are inclined to apprehend that each the blessings and the difficulties that we enjoy are gifts from Him. With this deeper attitude on His presence in our lives we can clearly benefit to live in His presence – in His house – for all of our days.
Rabbi Pesach Wolicki serves as Associate Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation in Jerusalem www.CJCUC.Com. He is the author of Cup of Salvation: A Journey Through King David’s Psalms of Praise www.Cupofsalvation.Com and co-Founder of Blessing Bethlehem, a software that assists the suffering Christian network of Bethlehem www.Blessingbethlehem.Com.
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