The Promise of Pursuit (Psalm 23:6)

by Carolyn Hope

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:6)

The word ‘pursue’ in this verse is often translated as ‘follow.’ I used to picture this verse as Jesus leisurely strolling behind me. The picture of pursuit is actually more fitting from the Hebrew word in this phrase. It literally means “to run after, chase, put to flight … hunt.” It’s much more intense than I had interpreted it.

Jesus is a pursuing person. We often accept this truth as regarding our salvation, but this verse isn’t even talking about that. It’s talking about goodness and unfailing love. Jesus’ pursuit goes beyond saving you from sin. He wants to come after you with good things! He wants to catch your heart and lavish love on it! He will chase you down wherever you go, and He won’t stop running until He finds you. He seeks to overwhelm you each and every day with blessings.

Jesus has set His eyes on you, and He will always pursue your heart. God’s love for you is unstoppable and inescapable. He says you’re worth chasing. He says you’re worth pursuing. You are worth seeking after. Enjoy the pursuit of your Shepherd. He is enthralled with you.

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Unfailing Pursuit

by Carolyn Hope

Then the man of God went to the king of Israel and said, “This is what the LORD says: The Arameans have said, ‘The LORD is a god of the hills and not of the plains.’ So I will defeat this vast army for you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.” (1 Kings 20:28)

Earlier this week, I mentioned how King Ahab was perhaps the wickedest of the kings of Israel. Even he, however, received help from the Lord. The Arameans had demanded King Ahab give them everything, or else there would be war. Ahab chose war, and because of the Lord, the Israelites defeated the Arameans, not once but twice. Before each of these battles, God sent a prophet to King Ahab to tell him that they would be victorious by the Lord’s hand. Both times, the prophet closed with this final statement: “Then you will know that I am the LORD.” The whole purpose of God’s victory for the Israelites was for King Ahab to know Him as Lord.

We look at King Ahab as a hopeless case, too twisted and evil for redemption. God looked at him and said, Ahab, you’re worth pursuing. I haven’t quit on you yet. Ahab had his back completely turned to God, and still, He reached out to him. God repeatedly came after the man who had forsaken Him and His ways.

Jesus’ pursuit of you is unending. Indeed, His greatest act of pursuit for you was the cross, but His pursuit did not finish there. Every single day, He keeps pursuing your heart. You are never too far away for His hand to reach you. You are never in too dark of a place that He doesn’t see you. His heart is always for you. He will pursue you for the rest of your life, and He will do whatever it takes to get your attention. Forget what everyone else sees or says about you; God says you are worth chasing after.

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