Dedicated To The Men of God Who Preach the Word of God As It Is To Men As They Are

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"Preach The Word"


"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow
me all the days of my life: and I
shall dwell in the house of the
Lord forever."

I.Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
Favor of the Lord follows us. "Surely".
Faithfulness of the Lord never fails us. "Surely goodness".
Fatherhood of the Lord is eternal. "I will dwell".

A. Goodness and mercy are attributes of God.

1. Goodness; meets our needs. Priesthood provides. (Hebrews 4:14-1 6)

Mercy; forgives all faults. Advocacy of Christ. (I John 2:1)

2. Goodness; cares for the temporal. Mercy -- cares for the spiritual.

3. Goodness; bounty of God. Mercy; love of God.

4. Goodness; leads to repentance. Mercy; leads to regeneration.

5. Goodness; convicts us of sin. Mercy; offers regeneration.

6. Goodness; caused the prodigal to come back home. Mercy; ran to meet the son.

7. Goodness; is God's hand. Mercy; is God's heart.

8. Goodness; his person reveals. Mercy; reveals his pity.

B. Shepherd leads us; goodness and mercy are the "Rearguards." Shepherd always has two sheep dogs. Mr. Spurgeon calls goodness and mercy two heavenly messengers.

C. Surely without a doubt. It is an exclamation of confidence. (Not self confidence; Christ confidence)

D. "All the days."

1. Spring days and summer days.

2. Autumn days and winter days.

3. Sundays and fun days.

4. Week days and weak days.

5. Sunshine days and shadow days.

6. Peace and peril days.

7. Rest and rush days.

E. Before me to guide.

Beside me to gird.

Behind me to guard.

Beyond me to gather.

II. And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

A. "Dwell" means to abide, remain, settle, continue. 1. "Here we have no abiding place."

2. When we come to the end of all the days of our lives, then what? ''House of the Lord forever.

B. "House."

1. This is a house, not a tent. (John 14:1-6)

2. This is a home, not a lodging.

3. A home for the people of God; a home in the presence of God.

4. House means "presence."

C. J.J. Van Gorder says.

1. Abraham looked for it. John saw it.

Saints will walk and live in it.
2. Prophesied city. (Old Testament)

Planned city. (Revelation 21:13-16)

Paved city. Pure Gold.

Protected city. (Revelation 21:1-27; 22:3)

Provisioned city. (Revelation 21:23; 22:2)

Permanent city. (Hebrews 13:14)

D. Sheep manure. Best balanced fertilizer of any animal.
They leave something behind.

2. Productive

3. Beautiful.

4. Beneficial to themselves and other.

E. "Forever". For all eternity.

F. Reception. Since none were lost, the Chief Shepherd sits at head of the table.
G. John Howard Payne never had a home; wrote the song, "Home Sweet Home".

Dr. Billy Kanoy


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