This morning, the pastor explains that when the psalmist writes in Psalm 23 that “surely your goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,” we might translate this more accurately as “your goodness and mercy will pursue me, will harass me, will eagerly chase me.”
The Hebrew words make me smile when I think about God appointing his mercy and goodness to chase me down. It’s so eager, in fact, that it’s like a kind of harassment: a harassment of goodness! I’d never thought of it like this before. The persistence of God to love me! The Hound of Heaven coming to bless!
I think of the whistling of God to find me to then harass me with goodness.