You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
goodness [towb] and mercy [checed] shall
follow [radaph] me all the days [yowm] of my life: [chay] and I
will dwell [yashab] in the house [bayith] of the LORD [Yahovah] for
ever ['orek]. [yowm] KJV-Interlinear
goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will
dwell in the house of the Lord forever. NASB
This is a concluding statement for the psalm.
Surely, 'ak', an affirmation, therefore, certainly, only, truly. Because of all of these things, then the following will happen. What will happen?
Goodness and mercy will pursue me.
Goodness, 'towb', in the broadest sense of the word, beautiful, best, bountiful, favor, prosperity and a long list of other similar words describes the good that comes to us.
Lovingkindness, 'chered', good deeds, kindly, mercy. And mercy is Gods grace in action, or the action of the blessing, the reality of the blessing, not just the promise, or the anticipation, but the real McCoy, the actual blessing stream itself.
Follow, 'radaph', run after, chase, put to flight, pursue. Blessings pursue the mature believer. The believer does not have to work for blessing, does not have to hustle in life to gain Gods acceptance and a few crumbs that may fall from heaven. Blessings come rushing to the mature believer.
And, combined with all of the previous, I will dwell, current tense, not future tense, not maybe I will dwell but I 'will' dwell, 'yashab' settle, dwell, sit down, marry, remain. And where do we dwell? In the house of the Lord both now and forever. Where is Gods house? In heaven of course. But we are here on earth, so how in the world can we dwell in Gods house now if we cannot get to heaven?
We dwell there in our fellowship status. We are physically here on earth, but positionally in heaven in Gods house when we are in fellowship. There are other specific studies on fellowship, so I'll not go into that here. I want to conclude this psalm and its point and compare it to the status of those people in Rev. 6.
There, in Rev 6, we saw the disasters occurring to those unbelievers as well as negative believers. They were people who lacked knowledge of Gods Word, and by their own choice. They had the opportunity to learn, but rejected it. Their lives were upside down, in chaos, they were in frightful terror. I guess I should say, they 'will be' in terror, etc., since this is all future.
But to those believers both then and now, to those mature believers there is peace, blessing, prosperity, and a relaxed state of life despite any environmental difficulties that may exist.
The mature believer is the one who is the recipient of maximum blessing. The mature believer in fellowship and that is the key to the Christian life - fellowship coupled with knowledge of Bible doctrine coupled with the application of that same doctrine to ones daily life.
Goodness, blessings in all categories, will be received - Gods mercies, His grace in action, shall pursue the mature believer. And pursue is the point that needs to be emphasized. Many people do not believe this Bible stuff. These people are out of fellowship and perhaps do not understand its concept as well as its mechanics. Perhaps they do not have the interest to learn. Perhaps they do not have the patience to learn. Perhaps they are simply inconsistent in their daily Bible study, maybe it is just a few days of the week or month, or a little here and a little study there.
The result is a short circuited study program, therefore a short circuited spiritual life. God presents His best gifts inside His Palace. If you are never there, then do not expect to receive them.
If you are living outside in the jungle, then what should you expect? The gifts of the jungle and those gifts are not gifts at all, but deceptive lures into your doom.
Will dwell, is present tense. This is a state that you can have right now through your consistent analysis of your own life (if we judge ourselves, then we shall not be judged), followed by your confession to God the Father of those sins in your life (if we confess our sins), then the result being our forgiveness (He is faithful and just to forgive), and our restoration into fellowship (and to restore us from all unrighteousness).
When you are in the fellowship sphere, then you reside within Gods will, within Gods house, within Gods palace, and that is the place of your relationship, your active relationship, with God.
Your spiritual life operates and functions fully when you are resident in fellowship. For there, God does all of the work, and distributes all of the blessings necessary for you to have a phenomenal life, even now, in this life.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.