Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.
Psalms 23:6 (NLT)
The poem “Hound of Heaven” by Francis Thompson depicts God as a hound that is relentless in its pursuit of the hare. No matter where the hare hides or runs the hound will not quit until the rabbit is caught. I know that the author was really trying to convey that God in His mercy pursues us even though we run from Him. However, centuries earlier David used a different metaphor that is more in keeping with Scriptures. Rather than a hunter that seeks to destroy the hare, David talked of a Shepherd that loves his sheep. Instead of a gun to kill, the Shepherd uses a rod and staff to protect and comfort. Instead of pursuing with fear and torment, David writes, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.” Both are right, God does pursue, but rest assured He is pursuing you with His love. Today, stop running. Pursue the one who pursues you.
Dear Father, lover of my soul. Forgive me for running from You. I turn to You today and proclaim with joy, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.” Help me pursue You.
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