Surely [adverb]: firmly; unerringly; undoubtedly; assuredly; inevitably or without fail; certainly; with confidence; un-hesitantly
I have been pondering the 23rd Psalm lately, that great psalm that gets read at funerals. As I came upon the last verse, I realized it is really a psalm for the living:
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
I love the word "surely.” So firm. So certain. So SURE. It absolutely is going to happen.
Now lately as I look behind me, I perceive that what is following me is devastation, destruction, catastrophe, ruin and trouble.
BUT, it is not so. God's Word is true. And absolute. And sure. If the Lord is my shepherd, and He is, then it is absolutely, for certain that what is following me is good.
Every day of my life.
Here's the even greater part: that I will dwell in the house, or the presence of the Lord. Forever. Not just for eternity. But for right now.
Dictionary.com states that a related phrase for surely is "sure as shooting."
So here's my paraphrase of Psalm 23:6:
Sure as shooting, that is goodness and love coming right up behind me, not destruction and evil, because the Lord is my shepherd and right now, this very minute, I am living in His presence. And not just for this moment.