Surely goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life. – Psalm 23:6
…the Hebrew word for ‘follow’ is ‘radaph’ and it means to “to pursue, to run after, to chase” or, quite literally, “to hunt you down”. The word radaph, that one that goodness and mercy is doing in Ps. 23:6, it is first found in Genesis 14, when Abram discovers that his nephew Lot has been kidnapped and Abram gathers an army of 318 men and “pursued them unto Dan” (Genesis 14:14). The word ‘pursued’ there? It’s is ‘radaph’.
God is so bent on blessing, He chases.
God’s not out to get you — He’s out to give to you.
And God’s blessings don’t pursue temporarily — but relentlessly. It’s right there in His Word: His goodness and mercy pursue me not just some days — but all the days of my life. When I’m in a wilderness, His mercy and goodness run after me. When I’m hurting, His grace hunts for me. When I’m plagued by problems, His goodness pursues me.
No matter where I go, He has his two blessing men right there in hot pursuit: goodness and mercy, and no shadow of death can overshadow the goodness and mercy that shadows the child of God.
Even the discipline of the Lord can be a grace of the Lord and all the interruptions of a day can be the intercessions of Christ.
Whatever is chasing you — no matter what it looks like — it’s grace.
– read the rest at A Holy Experience
Over the last week or so, I began to start feeling overwhelmed once again with the tasks that are at hand. There was always something to be done, another thing to be checked off the never-ending to-do list. I felt like I was constantly behind, trying to jump from one thing to the next… it wasn’t a nice feeling.
So when, I sprained my foot late last week, I just thought, ‘Great. This is what I need.’ [read: sarcasm]
However, having taken a few days to rest, I’ve come to view it more like a blessing in disguise. This is what I needed. Time to rest the body, rest the mind, rest the spirit. Still many things that I’ll continue to do (i.e. catch up on uni work) but at the same time, taking it slower, breathing deeper and letting His love wash over me.
I love that He knows me better than I or any other human being could know me. And He knows all my needs and chases me down with His goodness, mercy and grace.