Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me ALL the days of my life…The reality of life is that there will be hard times. There will be some long dark tunnels and some very high mountains. There will be times when the enemy will come along and try to defeat you. He will try to get you to believe that you’re all alone, that nobody cares about your problems. He will even try to convince you that God himself has abandoned you. That if God really cared, then why is He making you bear this burden alone. The enemy will point out every negative thing that has ever happened, every trial, every hurt and every disappointment you’ve ever known. He will try to get you to focus on every hypocrite you’ve ever seen, all simply to get you to quit. But I would like to remind you that the enemy is a liar and a defeated foe! That you can believe and claim the promises of God! That this verse was true yesterday, is true today and will be true tomorrow. Many years ago I heard an illustration from an older preacher who lived in the mountains of North Carolina on this very verse. He was sitting on his front porch watching a single locomotive trying to pull a line of 88 coal cars up over the mountain. As he watched, he wondered whether it would be able to make it. The load was long and heavy, but to his amazement, that engine laboring hard, kept a slow but steady pace. Eventually he saw the end of that long line of coal cars and to his surprise, there at the back was two engines pushing. He said all of a sudden the Holy Spirit brought this verse to his mind…Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me…He said he got so blessed he couldn’t contain himself and began to shout! Remember my friends, the mountain may be high, the load long and heavy, but God’s engines of goodness and mercy are pushing from behind! Heavenly Father, help us never to forget that your goodness and mercy follows your children all the days of their life!