A Place of Worship: "Tugging at the Heartstrings of God"
You’re Being Followed
Have you ever had the feeling that you were being followed? You looked over one shoulder, then the other, but didn’t see anyone. Perhaps, your gait went from a slow pace to a slow jog, then from a slow jog to running. If so, that would be a natural reaction. The “fight or flight response” kicks in, when a person experiences a feeling of imminent danger. During this response, the nervous system signals for adrenaline, and other hormones to be released in the blood. The hormones prepare the body to either confront the danger, or to flee from it. Also, the individual experiences an increased heart rate, dilated pupils to improve vision, and sends increased blood to the muscles to prepare the body for the confrontation, or for the swift retreat! Sometimes after it’s all said and done, it’s just someone you know sneaking up on you. Then you share a hearty laugh!
From a biblical standpoint, you are definitely being followed. Sometimes you may sense it, and sometimes not. In the book of Psalms, chapter 23, we find a wonderful example of the extraordinary providence of God at work in our lives, as well as in the world. A derivative of the word providence, is provide. From the very first verse of this chapter, the Word of God says, “The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall not want.” The job of a Shepherd, is to care for his sheep. The Lord is our Shepherd, He is our provider, He is our protector, He is our guardian, and He is our keeper. An excerpt from Psalms 100 says, “We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” This lets us know that God is taking care of us, providing for us in our times of need, and making ways for us, when there seems to be no way out of a situation or circumstance. Because the Lord is our Shepherd, we have everything we need. Sometimes when a sheep begins to stray from the flock, the Shepherd will gently guide it back to the fold with his rod. Have you needed any gentle prodding lately? “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
David said, “Surely GOODNESS and MERCY shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” GOODNESS and MERCY are our constant companions! When we awaken from sleep in the mornings, GOODNESS and MERCY are there. When we fall asleep at night, GOODNESS and MERCY are there. We are being showered with the blessings and mercies of God daily, even when we don’t deserve it. Ecclesiastes 3:22-23 teaches us that, It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Psalm 23:5 says, Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. In this verse,anointing oil is the “symbol of gladness.” My cup runneth over indicates “an abundance of Spiritual blessings.” These blessings “are prepared for the children of God who may feast in spite of his enemies, confident that this favor will ever attend him. This beautiful Psalm most admirably sets before us, in its chief figure, that of a shepherd, the gentle, kind, and sure care extended to God’s people, who, as ashepherd, both rules and feeds them.” Even when we are unaware, God is working things out in our lives for our good. His goodness and mercy, His kindness, and His generosity, abound toward His people. So you see, you are being followed!