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  • 1. WELCOME
    GWU – SPRINGVALE
    “CLAP YOUR HANDS, ALL YOU NATIONS;
    SHOUT TO GOD WITH CRIES OF JOY. HOW
    AWESOME IS THE LORD MOST HIGH, THE
    GREAT KING OVER ALL THE EARTH.”
    PSALM 47:1-2
  • 2. SUNDAY NOV. 15
    The Home at the End of the Way
    Text: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days
    Of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”
    (Psalm 23:6)
    INTRODUCTION
    Today we come to the last verse of Psalm 23:
    “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the
    days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the
    Lord forever.” There are several thoughts in this verse,
    each of which could serve as a text for a sermon.
  • 3. Facing the future with faith.
    A. “Surely,” The psalmist says – “without doubt,
    beyond question.” “Surely goodness and mercy
    shall follow me all the days of my life.” He speaks
    with confidence, faith, courage, optimism, and
    hope as he faces the future. He has no question
    about the goodness, faithfulness, and love of God.
    Because of his great faith in a wonderful Shepherd,
    the psalmist is able to say, “Surely goodness and
    mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”Some
    modern versions translate “Surely” as only”: Only
    goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of
    my life.”
  • 4. B. “Goodness and mercy.” God always deals with his
    children on the basis of goodness and mercy. It is very
    possible that some shepherds of David’s time had
    sheep dogs that followed along behind the flock to
    keep the sheep from straying and to protect them from
    wild beasts. Someone has casually suggested that if
    this were the case, then perhaps the Good Shepherd
    had one dog whose name was Goodness and one
    whose name was Mercy.
    as the psalmist looked back over his lifetime of
    varied success and failure, he bore testimony that God
    always deals with his own in terms of goodness and
    mercy. If God were to deal with us in terms of justice,
    we would be destroyed.
  • 5. Is your heart and mind filled with fear, anxiety, and
    uncertainty as you face the future? Many situations in
    our world today would frighten us to death if we forgot
    that God has everything under control. The psalmist
    faced the future with courage and optimism, for he was
    convinced that the God who had been so gracious to him
    in the past would continue to be gracious to him in the
    future.
    Faith’s commitment for the present.
    Concentrate now on the psalmist’s wonderful
    confession of faith: “I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.” This statement approaches better than any
    others in the Old testament the revelation of life beyond
  • 6. death. It is similar to what Jesus said in John 14: “Let not
    your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also
    in me. In my father’s house are many mansions: If it were
    not so, I would have told you.”
    many people think that here the psalmist is referring
    only to heaven, but actually he considered it possible to
    begin dwelling in the house of the Lord here on earth. In
    Psalm 27:4 we read, “One thing have I desired of the Lord,
    that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the
    Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the
    Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” Although David had
    committed some grievous sins, the Lord had mercifully
    forgiven him, and now he could say, “I am going to dwell
    in the house of the lord forever.”
  • 7. The eternal home of the soul is a continuation of the
    home of the soul that we have here and now. By his
    grace, God wants us to taste the very joys of heaven in
    this life. He wants us to enjoy fellowship with the saints
    and develop friendships with our brothers and sisters in
    Christ. In twenty- first- century terminology, David was
    saying , “I am going to stay close to the church all the
    days of my life. Then I am going to dwell in the house of
    the Lord forever.”
    From time to time, every Pastor’s heart is grieved by
    hearing a fallen church member give one of the following
    reasons for leaving the church: “Things didn’t suit me in
    sunday school class”; “I became unhappy with one of the
    deacons”; “I became dissastified with the pastor”; or I
  • 8. did not like the way that certain things were done.” such
    people have left the church to the detriment of their own
    spiritual lives and to the poverty of their own souls and
    the souls of their family members.
    One of the wisest decisions that any of us can make
    is to say, “Come what may, I am going to stay close to the
    church. I am going to be a vital part of the church. I am
    going to be loyal to the church all the days of my life, for
    the church is the nearest thing on earth to the home of
    the soul in heaven.”
    Faith in the future home.
    Many people cannot read the Twenty-third Psalm
    without thinking morbid thoughts, for they associate
  • 9. this psalm with death. We need to have a Christian
    understanding of death. Death for the Christian is not
    earth’s greatest tragedy. We do not grieve because people
    go to heaven; we grieve only because we have been left
    behind. To paraphrase, the psalmist saying, “When my
    body is worn out and When I am no longer able to
    function in this life, I will go to dwell in the house of the
    Lord forever.”
    The home at the end of the way is a prepared place for
    a prepared people. In no other area of life does
    preparation pay off so much as being prepared for the
    home at the end of the way.
  • 10. B. Heaven is a prepared place where praises will be perpetual and
    where we will praise God without the limitations that we have
    Known in this life.
    C. Heaven is a prepared place of purity. Through the years saints
    have been disturbed by the fact that even in their most
    sacred moments of prayer they have been interrupted by
    impure thoughts. In heaven that sinful nature will no
    longer be with us.
    D. Heaven is a prepared place where payment is made. Jesus said,
    “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink
    in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say
    unto you, he shall not lose his reward” (Mark 9:41).
    Jesus said, “Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is
    with me , to give every man according as his work shall
  • 11. be” (Rev. 22:12). I believe that somehow we develop the
    capacity in this life for enjoying and appreciating the life
    beyond, When we get to heaven, everybody’s cup will
    run over, but as Dwight L. Moody said, some of us will
    have small cups. The size of our cup is determined by the
    works we do and by the worship of our hearts in this life.
    Conclusion
    This life is the vestibule, The preparation room for
    the life beyond. I Challenge you this day to make the
    Good Shepherd your Shepherd. Let him become your
    Leader, Guide, Teacher, Friend and Saviour. Make that
    decision today.

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