Christian, did you know that God has given you a support team as you “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1)? There are two members on this team who are always close, following hard after you. They never depart you or harm you. They are with you every day of your life.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. (Psa. 23:6)
The Lord’s goodness and mercy are following hard after you. The word “follow” here means to pursue or chase. Goodness and mercy are no passive observers straggling behind you as you run your race. They are active pursuers, chasing at your heels as you push on.
In cycling races like the Tour De France, support teams in vehicles follow the cyclists on their journeys. These teams pursue their teammate in order to encourage him, provide any resources he needs, and push him on to the end of the race. Likewise, God’s goodness and mercy is your pursuit team in the race of life – supporting you, providing for you, and pushing you on in the journey.
They are two followers who go with you everywhere, reminding you that God’s love never abandons you.
They are two hounds hot on your tracks, chasing after you for your good.
They are two friends who always have your back, faithful in every way.
As Charles Spurgeon said, “These twin guardian angels will always be with me at my back and my beck… the black days as well as the bright days, the days of fasting as well as the days of feasting, the dreary days of winter as well as the bright days of summer. Goodness supplies our needs, and mercy blots out our sins.”
You can be assured that these two friends will pursue you until your journey ends and you cross that finish line to “dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psa. 23:6).