The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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09/18/2015

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A Place To Dwell


"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever" (Psa.23:6).

I remember my mom sending out Christmas cards when I was kid. By the way, a stamp was only a nickel... Mom would go into panic mode if she got a card from someone that she had not sent one to. Reciprocity was an important thing, and a card had to be sent to that person. Goodness and mercy are covenant benefits in the 223rd Psalm. Instead of having enemies pursuing him, there is a covenant made and David will have the goodness and unfailing love of his Shepherd-King attending him. As long as the sheep dwell under the care of the Shepherd, they would receive the blessing of that care. By the way, the Hebrew word for forever suggests "throughout the years..." As we have seen this week, the sheep enjoyed the Shepherd's love, protection, food, water and rest. The reciprocity idea is that the Shepherd provides these needs as long as the sheep will follow. For us, following must be accompanied by our belief, love, faith and trust... Then there's that wonderful and amazing extra about "dwelling in the house of the Lord forever..." Jesus comforted his disciples and us with these words; "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place I am going" (Jn.14:1-3)). When this life is over we get to live with the Lord forever. The 23rd Psalm is wonderful and reassuring. It is good for us to read and meditate upon it from time to time....

Have a great day... T G I F Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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