“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

Psalm 23:6

We began this month’s prison ministry focused Anchor with a look at the first verse of Psalm 23. We close now with Psalm 23’s last verse, chosen as a favorite source of encouragement from today’s prisoner-contributor, who has a long journey ahead of him. “I memorized this psalm, and it sustained me while I was fighting my trial alone and was given multiple life sentences.”

Many of you who are reading this may also be facing difficulties which are not likely even in this lifetime to be resolved. So the word “forever” carries much weight. When looking down the road of lifelong problems, “forever” feels daunting. At first glance, the conviction of “life sentence” holds out very little hope. Only in the context of life with the Lord here on earth and then as we reach heaven with Him one day does “forever” sound good.

Jesus has taken sin’s life sentence––a sentence we all face––and redeems our life (see Psalm 103:4). We can say with the psalmist, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 118:29).




Scripture Focus

Psalm 23, 118

Insight

Pray for Brian, 49, who has served three years of a life sentence, as he holds on to the hope born of God’s enduring love.

Bible In A Year

  • Leviticus 25
  • Psalm 59
  • Luke 23