On Sunday, Pastor Jeff preached from the first part of Psalm 23, verse 6: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” As we often say at Chapel Hill, people have a narrative about God that is more often than not unhealthy, unbiblical, and unhelpful. Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “That person was painfully polite!” That is, they can barely hold in their emotion, come off as emotionally controlled and mannerly yet don’t want to be nice, warm, or friendly. They are communicating in a passive aggressive way which of course is an unhealthy way for us to live.
Many people have a God-narrative that says God is mostly “painfully polite” because we are on the verge of making God more mad, more disappointed, more full of painful emotions toward us. Psalm 23 reminds us that God passionately pursues us with goodness and mercy. God is actively engaged in being as the poet described, “The Hound of Heaven.” I hope to see you on Sunday as we explore this powerful truth. Learn more about our series.