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Every Step of Our Way
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 by Susan Lyttek

Oui, tous les jours de ma vie, ta bonté, ta générosité me suivront pas à pas. (Yes, all the days of my life, your goodness and your generosity will follow me from step to step.)

I’m not totally sure why, but for the final verse of Psalm 23, the French translation does a lot more to soothe my soul. There’s something about that image that comforts me deeply.

If you think about the previous verse, God had anointed us with approval, nourished us for the journey and then nudged us forward. But he never intended us to walk it alone. Far from it. Instead, he is with us every step. He is the lamp unto our feet and the light unto our path.

In the English it says, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life”, which sounds nice. But when you read the French, that goodness comes directly from God, the Shepherd who walks with you. The generosity or the mercy are the limitless varieties that only God can offer us.

In other words, we never walk alone.

If you go over all the other verse of Psalm 23, they are reinforcing that point. A sheep might feel like it’s on its own, but the Shepherd keeps track of all that are his.

As Jesus says in John, he knows who are his sheep. He knows where they are. He will bring all of them into the fold and take care of them, because he is the Good Shepherd. Or the God Shepherd if you prefer.

Linguistically speaking, good and God come from the same root word. Beyond that, they come from the same concept. When the rich young ruler called Jesus, “good teacher”, Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? No one is good—except God alone.”

So when David says, The Lord is my Shepherd, at the beginning of this Psalm, and the images that he has woven throughout confirm that the Shepherd is good and God. That same Shepherd knows us, guides us, nourishes us, protects us, rescues us, encourages us and leads us. From step to step.

Where are you right now? God is with you. Sometimes he can’t act on our behalf if we are wallowing in our sin, but he is there waiting for us to repent and cry out for his help. Always.

But that’s not where this verse or this Psalm ends.

“And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” The French says “as long as I will live”, but truthfully, that is the same thing. One of the things you learn early in Christianity 101 is that every human soul lives forever. You have a choice of destination (heaven or hell) but you do not have a choice of existence vs. non-existence.

David and every lover of God who follows the shepherd, lives forever with him. His house, his dwelling, is many mansions. “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)

The house of the Lord on earth was the temple. But the temple on earth was a copy of what already was in heaven and what Moses was shown when he was on the mountain with God. So we will live not in the earthly temple, the earthly house, but the real and eternal house.

But the forever starts now. Because the Holy Spirit makes each believer a temple of God. Living with God, we live in the temple. We walk with him and live by his spirit. And we walk towards that final reality.

They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Revelation 7:16-17

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6/19/2015

A Lesson I Keep Needing to Re-Learn
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2015

Times of Transition
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2015

Blog Ideas
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 2
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 1
Susan Lyttek
5/15/2015

Getting to Mom
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2015

To Blog or Not to Blog
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2015

Driving Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2015

Gaming Education
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2015

Fast Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2015

Resurrection Thoughts
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2015

Power of the Coupon
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2015

Spring Planting
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2015

Showing My Age
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2015

Teaching Women
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2015

Beware the Ides of... February
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2015

Honoring a President in Fiction
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2015

Gratitude Lessons
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2015

The Pros and Cons of Research
Susan Lyttek
2/6/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 3
Susan Lyttek
1/30/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 2
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2015

The Homeschool Hamster Wheel
Susan Lyttek
1/16/2015

Etiquette Education
Susan Lyttek
1/9/2015

Ready Stance
Susan Lyttek
1/2/2015

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek
12/26/2014

Sharing Christmas, Part Two
Susan Lyttek
12/19/2014

Sharing Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/12/2014

Swedish Christmas Education
Susan Lyttek
12/5/2014

The Worry/Grumble Antidote
Susan Lyttek
11/28/2014

Milestone Days
Susan Lyttek
11/21/2014

Volunteer Education--via Operation Christmas Child
Susan Lyttek
11/14/2014

Veteran Education
Susan Lyttek
11/7/2014

Reformation Education
Susan Lyttek
10/31/2014

The Reluctant Vegetarian
Susan Lyttek
10/24/2014

What I Didn't, Couldn't Teach
Susan Lyttek
10/17/2014

Learning to Stand
Susan Lyttek
10/10/2014

Christian Work Ethic
Susan Lyttek
10/3/2014

Animal Education
Susan Lyttek
9/26/2014

Changing the Love of Learning
Susan Lyttek
9/19/2014

Blog Block
Susan Lyttek
9/12/2014

Educating Mom
Susan Lyttek
9/5/2014

The Debate
Susan Lyttek
8/29/2014

Interview with Jane, a non-homeschooling friend
Susan Lyttek
8/22/2014

The Homeschool Rebel
Susan Lyttek
8/15/2014

Other Countries, Other Peoples
Susan Lyttek
8/8/2014

George Washington Lessons
Susan Lyttek
8/1/2014

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert
Susan Lyttek
7/25/2014

A Creation Education
Susan Lyttek
7/18/2014

The Blessing of the Church
Susan Lyttek
7/11/2014

Free to Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
7/4/2014

The Best Thing
Susan Lyttek
6/27/2014

School Lite
Susan Lyttek
6/20/2014

Homeschooling Poetry
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2014

Homeschool Preschool
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2014

AWANAcation (or Awana Education)
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2014

Drowning in the Ideal Schedule
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2014

Penpal Encouragement: An Interview with Sandi
Susan Lyttek
5/16/2014

Unexpected Education
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2014

When Is a Homeschool Mom NOT a Homeschool Mom?
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2014

Relax, It's Just Writing
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2014

Purpose Driven Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2014

The Heart of the Music
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2014

Music Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2014

Glimmers of Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2014

Failed Days
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2014

Other Side of the Homeschool Table...Leanne Hanson
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2014

Fairy Tale Theology
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2014

Things I Love about Life and Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2014

Limitless Creativity by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Susan Lyttek
2/7/2014

Weaving Christ into Math
Susan Lyttek
1/31/2014

Paula Mowery Interview
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2014

Historic Field Trips
Susan Lyttek
1/17/2014

Snow Days... Homeschool Style
Susan Lyttek
1/10/2014

Homeschooled Mom Resolutions
Susan Lyttek
1/3/2014

Off Schedule
Susan Lyttek
12/27/2013

Teaching Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/20/2013

The (Writerly) Benefits of Learning Together
Susan Lyttek
12/13/2013

Homeschooling reinforced that I am not perfect
Susan Lyttek
12/6/2013

And they said homeschooling would be easy...
Susan Lyttek
11/29/2013