In my last Post on Psalm 73 we looked at the change that took place in the heart and mind of Asaph in relation to those who seem to get away with injustice and even rebellion against God. This change happened on the day he entered the sanctuary of God. He writes, then I understood their final destiny (verse 17).
I also mentioned the second and maybe the more significant thing that took place at that time. That was Asaph receiving a higher view of God. In fact, he seems to have, at that time, entered into a very personal and intimate relationship that maybe he had never experienced before. In some ways, a similar experience that Job had when we read at the end of his book he said to God: “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:5).
Today, I want us to consider this more deeply in order for us to consider if this is our experience also. If not, maybe it is time for us to enter into the sanctuary of God and spend time with Him.
After this time, Asaph said to God:
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
In many of the psalms we see the expectation that the righteous will be blessed and the wicked judged and sometimes that is stated in material terms. This psalmist though learns another lesson which we also need to understand. That is, the reward for the believer is God Himself and the chief value of living a godly life is a right relationship with him. While God may give evidence of his goodness in material terms, the only guarantee we have as believers is that he will evidence that goodness in personal terms.
Craig Boyles says: “Psalm 73 is extraordinary among the psalms in that a resolution is won, but it does not consist in a deliverance from troubling circumstances, but a new understanding of God’s ultimate design…it opens up for us…a divine reality that transcends the immediate reality around us.” (# 4)
That reality and foundation for living is that no matter what the challenges of life are, God is good and he is with us. So close, says Asaph, that “you hold me by my right hand”. So caring, that God is willing to guide the psalmist along life’s journey. So good is God that Asaph realizes that there is no other like him, “and earth has nothing” that is worth desiring as compared to him. He is able to say with a new confidence, that even though, “My flesh and my heart may fail…God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Both now and for all eternity!
Do you have this same confidence in God as the pandemic all around us continues to spread at an incredible rate internationally of a million infections every few days? Our world leaders are in quite a dilemma and people like you and me are often left frustrated at the mixed messages we are receiving from them. In such a time as this we need to have the same confidence and faith that Asaph discovered when he spent time quietly before God bringing to him all his pain and confusion.
May God pour out his mercy and grace on our troubled world at this time. Remember, God IS good and He is sovereign in our world. Therefore, we are able to say with Asaph: But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds (verse 28). Amen.